Rowan Douglas Williams is a Welsh bishop, poet and theologian, and the current Master of Magdalene College, Cambridge. He was the 104th Archbishop of Canterbury and was previously Bishop of Monmouth and Archbishop of Wales. He studied and lectured in Cambridge and Oxford; in 1986, at the age of 36, he became Lady Margaret Professor of Divinity at Oxford. He holds honorary doctorates from considerably more than a dozen other universities, from Durham to KU Leuven, Toronto to Bonn. In 1990 he was elected a Fellow of the British Academy. Dr Williams is a noted poet and translator of poetry, and, apart from Welsh, speaks or reads nine other languages. He learnt Russian in-order to read the works of Dostoevsky in the original. This led to a book; he has also published studies of Arius, Teresa of Avila, and Sergii Bulgakov, together with writings on a wide range of theological, historical and political themes.