This looks a little odd, don’t you think?
John Lucas was born in Lavender Hill, London, in 1929, the son of Joan (née Randolph) and Egbert, an Anglican clergyman who soon took a parish in Guildford. The family then moved to Durham, where his father was appointed dean, and where John grew up in the shadow of the cathedral.
Educated first at the Dragon School in Oxford, where he was unhappy, he found the rigorous intellectual culture of Winchester College more congenial, and went from there to Balliol College, Oxford, to study chemistry on a scholarship. In an early display of his polymathy, he soon switched to maths, and then to Greats, in order to study the Greek philosophers. At Balliol he became friends with Peter Tapsell and Dick Taverne, future Conservative and Liberal Democrat MPs. Having taken his MA in 1954,
Erm, do you actually take an MA at Oxford? M.Sc etc, yes, but isn’t an MA just a BA plus 10 years and a fee?