Roger Mellor Makins, 1st Baron
Sherfield, GCB, GCMG, FRS (3
February 1904 – 9
November, 1996), was a British diplomat who served as British Ambassador to
the United States from 1953 to 1956.
Makins was the son of Brigadier-General Sir Ernest Makins
(1869-1959) and Florence Mellor. He was educated at Winchester and Christ Church, Oxford, and was called to the Bar, Inner Temple, in
However, he never practiced and instead joined the
Diplomatic Service in 1928. Makins later served as Minister at the
British Embassy in Washington from 1945 to 1947, as Assistant Under-Secretary of
State at the Foreign Office from 1947 to 1948 and as Deputy Under-Secretary of
State from 1948 to 1952.
In 1953 he was appointed Ambassador to the United
, a post he held until 1956. After his return from
Washington he served as Joint Permanent Secretary to The Treasury from 1956 to 1960 and as Chairman of the United Kingdom Atomic
Energy Authority from 1960 to 1964.
Makins was appointed to the post of Chancellor
of the University of Reading
in 1969, and
retained this position until 1992.
Makins became a CMG
in 1944, a KCMG
in 1949 and a
in 1955 and
was also a GCB
and a Fellow of the Royal Society
1960 he was raised to the peerage as Baron
, of Sherfield-on-Loddon in the County of
April 30, 1934, in an
Florida, he married an American, Alice Brooks Davis, the
daughter of Dwight F.
, founder of the Davis Cup
and former U.S. Secretary of War
Makins was a notable collector of Victorian art. The Makins
Collection contained important works by John Everett Millais