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ActivityBorn at West Isley, Berkshire, 16 March 1866. Educated at Marlborough; Corpus Christi College, Oxford. Employed by the Education Department from 1892; served under Sir Robert Morant, permanent secretary to the newly constituted Board of Education, 1903-; became second secretary, 1921; resigned 1926. During his years as a civil servant he did much higher journalism and edited many editions of the English classics, especially Shakespeare. First president of the Malone Society (1906-1939). Publications included 'The Mediaeval Stage', 1903 (2 vols.); Early English Lyrics', 1907; 'The Elizabethan Stage', 1923 (4 vols.); 'Arthur of Britain', 1927; 'Shakespeare', 1930 (2 vols.); 'The Oxford Book of Sixteenth Centry Verse', 1932; 'Sir Thomas Wyatt and Some Collected Studies', 1933; 'Sir Henry Lee', 1936; 'Eynsham Under the Monks', (Oxfordshire Record Society, 1936); 'Shakespearean Gleanings', 1944; 'English Literature at the Close of the Middle Ages', (in 'Oxford History of English Literature', 1945). Chamber's services to education and scholarship led to many honors including honorary degree of D.Litt. from Durham, 1922, and Oxford, 1939; honorary fellowship at Corpus, 1934; F.B.A., 1924; C.B., 1912; K.B.E., 1925. He married Eleanor Christabel (Nora) in 1893. He died at Beer, Devonshire, 21 January 1954.