John B. Hattendorf, Ph.D.

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Title: Ernest J. King Professor Emeritus
Company: Naval War College
Location: Newport, Rhode Island, United States

John B. Hattendorf, Ph.D., Ernest J. King Professor Emeritus at the Naval War College, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in maritime history and higher education.

Dr. Hattendorf is a renowned figure in the fields of maritime history and higher education who amassed nearly 40 years of professional experience prior to his retirement in 2016. Most recently serving as the Ernest J. King Professor of Maritime History at the Naval War College in Newport, RI, from 1984 to 2016, he also acted as chairman of the maritime history department and director of the Naval War College Museum for 13 years. He commenced his career as an assistant professor of strategy at the college in 1977.

To prepare for his illustrious career, Dr. Hattendorf pursued a formal education at Kenyon College, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in history in 1964. He subsequently joined the U.S. Navy, serving as a lieutenant from 1965 to 1973. While serving in the military, he earned a Diploma from the Frank C. Munson Institute of American Maritime History and a Master of Arts from Brown University in 1970 and 1971, respectively. Soon thereafter, he obtained a Doctor of Philosophy in modern history from the University of Oxford in 1979, eventually receiving a Doctor of Letters in history from the university in 2016.

In recognition of his exceptional contributions to maritime history and education, Dr. Hattendorf has accrued numerous accolades throughout his impressive career. Honored by having a building named after him, the John B. Hattendorf Center for Maritime Historical Research, in 2017, he also won the Distinguished Civilian Award and Superior Civilian Award by the Department of the Navy in 2016. He was awarded the Distinguished Civilian Award during the biennial meeting of the World’s Chiefs of Navy by Admiral John Richardson. In addition, the Naval War College named an award in his honor, the Hattendorf Prize for Distinguished Original Research in Maritime History, in 2011. Being described as “one of the most widely known and well respected naval historians in the world” by the U.S. Naval Institute Proceedings in 2005, he has been highlighted in the 21st and 22nd edition of Who’s Who in the East, as well as the first edition of Who’s Who of Emerging Leaders in America.

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