Lawrence Henry Gipson (1880-1971) was one of the first Rhodes Scholars before earning his Ph.D. from Yale in 1918. From 1924 until his death, he was professor of history at Lehigh University. A leader of the “imperial school” of early American historians, his main work was the fifteen-volume The British Empire Before the American Revolution, individual volumes of which won the 1950 Bancroft Prize and the 1962 Pulitzer Prize.