Professor Vic Gatrell (B.A. (Hons.) (Rhodes, S.Africa); M.A. (Cambridge); Ph.D. (Cambridge)) is a British social and cultural historian and a Life Fellow of Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge. In the Cambridge Faculty
of History he has been a Lecturer in British Economic and Social History and Reader in British History; for four years he was Professor of British History at the University of Essex. He was a pioneer in developing the history of crime and law, and has lately specialised in the cultural history of eighteenth-century London. His work has been awarded several prizes: the T.S.Ashton Prize of the Economic History Society (1976); the Whitfield Prize of the Royal Historical Society for The Hanging Tree: Execution and the English People, 1770-1868 (1995); the Wolfson Prize - Britain's premier history prize - for City of Laughter: Sex and Satire in Eighteenth-Century London (2006); English PEN's Hessell-Tiltman Prize for History for City of Laughter; and the same book was listed for both the Samuel Johnson Prize and The Authors' Club Banister Fletcher Award for Art History. His The First Bohemians: Life and Art in Eighteenth-Century London was listed for the Hessell-Tiltman Prize. He is currently finishing a book on the Cato Street Conspiracy.