Who is Stanley Johnson? Boris’ Father, Bio, Age, Family, Education, Marriage, Kids, Books

Stanley Johnson
Stanley Johnson

Stanley Johnson Biography

Stanley Johnson (born Stanley Patrick Johnson) is a British author and former politician. He has authored books on environmental and population issues. He was a Conservative MEP for Wight and Hampshire East from 1979 to 1984 and is a former employee of the World Bank and the European Commission.

Boris Johnson, the Leader of the Conservative Party and Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Jo Johnson, the MP for Orpington and former Minister of State for Transport, and Rachel Johnson, an editor, journalist, television presenter, and author, are among his six children.

Stanley Johnson Age

How old is Stanley Johnson? Johnson is 83 years old as of August 2023. He was born on August 18th, 1940 in Penzance, England. In addition, Stanley celebrates his birthday on August 18th every year.

Stanley Johnson Family

He was born to Osman Kemal (later Wilfred Johnson) and Irene Williams (daughter of Stanley F. Williams of Bromley, Kent, and Marie Louise von Pfeffel).

His paternal grandfather, Ali Kemal, one of the last interior ministers of the Ottoman Empire government, was assassinated in 1922 during the Turkish War of Independence. His father was born in 1909 in Bournemouth, Hampshire, and his birth was registered as Osman Wilfred Kemal. Osman’s Anglo-Swiss mother Winifred died shortly after giving birth.

Ali Kemal returned to Turkey in 1912, whereafter Osman Wilfred and his sister Selma were brought up by their English grandmother, Margaret Brun, and took her maiden name, Johnson, Stanley’s father, therefore, becoming simply Wilfred Johnson.

Stanley’s maternal grandmother was born to Hubert Freiherr von Pfeffel (born on 8 December 1843) and his wife Hélène Arnous-Rivière (born on 14 January 1862).

Additionally, Pfeffel was born to Karl Freiherr von Pfeffel (born in Dresden on 22 November 1811; died in Munich on 25 January 1890) his married in Augsburg on 16 February 1836 to Karolina von Rothenburg (born in Frankfurt on 28 November 1805; died in Frankfurt on 13 February 1872), herself said to be the illegitimate, natural daughter of Prince Paul of Württemberg by Friederike Porth.

Grandchildren: Theodore Apollo Johnson, Cassia Peaches Johnson, Milo Arthur Johnson, Lara Lettice Johnson

Stanley Johnson Education

Johnson attended Sherborne School in Dorset. When he was an undergraduate student reading Greats at Exeter College, Oxford, he participated in the Marco Polo Expedition with Tim Severin and Michael de Larrabeiti. They traveled on a motorcycle and sidecar from Oxford to Venice and then on to India and Afghanistan.

Furthermore, the exploration led to the publication of Severin’s 1964 book Tracking Marco Polo, with photographs by de Larrabeiti.

Stanley Johnson
Stanley Johnson

Stanley Johnson Marriage | Divorced & Children

Johnson got hitched to Charlotte Fawcett in Marylebone in 1963, with whom he had four children:

Boris, Leader of the Conservative Party and Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Conservative MP for Uxbridge and South Ruislip, previously Foreign Secretary and Mayor of London; Rachel, journalist and former editor-in-chief of The Lady; Jo, Conservative MP for Orpington, Minister of State for Universities and former Head of Lex at the Financial Times; and Leo, film-maker and entrepreneur.

In addition, Johnson and Fawcett divorced in 1979. Stanley married Jennifer Kidd in Westminster in 1981, with whom they had two children, Julia and Maximilian.

Boris Johnson

Boris is a British politician serving as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom and Leader of the Conservative Party since July 2019. He has been the Member of Parliament for Uxbridge and South Ruislip since 2015 and was the MP for Henley from 2001 to 2008.

Stanley Johnson’s Work And Interests

He has previously worked at the World Bank, has a great interest in the environment, and was the Head of the Prevention of Pollution Division at the European Commission from 1973 to 1979. He is a trustee of the Gorilla Organisation and a board member of Plantlife International.

In addition, in 1983, he received the RSPCA’s Richard Martin Award for Outstanding Services to Animal Welfare, and in 1984, he received the Greenpeace Award for Outstanding Services to the Environment. He is an ambassador for the UNEP Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals based in Bonn, Germany.

Moreover, Johnson has authored several books dealing with environmental issues and nine novels, including The Commissioner, which was made into a 1998 film featuring John Hurt. In the year 1962, he won the Newdigate Prize for Poetry.

Stanley Johnson’s Recent Activities

At the general election held in 2005, Johnson vied for the Conservative Party in the constituency of Teignbridge. He was second after Richard Younger-Ross of the Liberal Democrats.

For a time, starting on 26 May 2005, he wrote a weekly column for the G2 section of The Guardian and continues to write for various newspapers and magazines, often on environmental topics. He was one of the first regular hosts of the late-night discussion program The Last Word on Channel 4’s More4 channel, and made an appearance on Have I Got News For You on 7 May 2004.

Moreover, on May 5, 2008, it was highlighted that Johnson hoped to be selected to contest his son Boris’s parliamentary seat of Henley for the Conservative Party. However, on May 29, it was reported that the local Conservative party had selected three local people as possible candidates. On May 30th, local councilor John Howell was selected to fight the by-election.

He has written a memoir, Stanley I Presume, which was published in March 2009.


Having supported the Remain campaign during the 2016 European Union membership referendum, in October 2017 he came out in support of the United Kingdom leaving the European Union, stating that “the time has come to bail out” and cited the approach and attitude of the European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker as a major factor in his change of mind.

He further mentioned that argument and debate over the length or detail of any transition or implementation period is expected but the ultimate “end-state” of the UK leaving the European Union is decided.

In November 2017, Johnson was confirmed as a contestant for the seventeenth series of I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here!. He was the fifth person to be flagged off from the show, finishing in seventh place.

Additionally, in 2018, alongside eight other celebrities, he appeared on the BBC program The Real Marigold Hotel.

Johnson said his son Boris Johnson’s comments that Muslim women who wear burkas look like “letterboxes” and “bank robbers” did not go far enough and that criticism of the comments had been accusations created by political opponents of Boris.

In October 2018 Johnson said that regardless of the solution for the border on the island of Ireland after Brexit if the Irish people “want to shoot each other, they will shoot each other”.

Stanley Johnson Bibliography

  • Gold Drain (1967, Heinemann) ISBN B0000CNKG6
  • Panther Jones for President (1968, Heinemann) ISBN 0-434-37701-5
  • Life without Birth: A Journey Through the Third World in Search of the Population Explosion (1970, Heinemann) ISBN 0-434-37702-3
  • The Green Revolution (1972, Hamilton) ISBN 0-241-02102-2
  • The Population Problem (1973, David & C) ISBN 0-7153-6282-8
  • The Politics of Environment (1973, T Stacey) ISBN 0-85468-298-8
  • The Urbane Guerilla (1975, Macmillan) ISBN 0-333-17679-0
  • Pollution Control Policy of the EEC (1978, Graham & Trotman) ISBN 0-86010-136-3
  • The Doomsday Deposit (1979, EP Dutton) ISBN 0-525-09468-7
  • The Marburg Virus (1982, Heinemann) ISBN 0-434-37704-X
  • Tunnel (1984, Heinemann) ISBN 0-434-37705-8
  • Antarctica: The Last Great Wilderness (1985, Weidenfeld & N) ISBN 0-297-78676-8
  • The Commissioner (1987, Century) ISBN 0-7126-1587-3
  • World Population and the United Nations (1987, Cambridge UP) ISBN 0-521-32207-3
  • Dragon River (1989, Frederick Muller) ISBN 0-09-173526-2
  • The Earth Summit: The United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED) (1993, Kluwer Law International) ISBN 978-1-85333-784-0
  • World Population – Turning the Tide (1994, Kluwer Law International) ISBN 1-85966-046-0
  • The Environmental Policy of the European Communities (1995, Kluwer Law International) ISBN 90-411-0862-9
  • The Politics of Population: Cairo, 1994 (1995, Earthscan) ISBN 1-85383-297-9
  • Icecap (1999, Cameron May) ISBN 1-874698-67-8
  • Stanley I Presume (2009, Fourth Estate Ltd) ISBN 0-00-729672-X
  • Survival: Saving Endangered Migratory Species [co-authored with Robert Vagg] (2010, Stacey International) ISBN 1-906768-11-0
  • Where the Wild Things Were: Travels of a Conservationist (2012, Stacey International) ISBN 1-906768-87-0
  • UNEP The First 40 Years; A Narrative by Stanley Johnson (2012, United Nations Environment Programme) ISBN 978-92-807-3314-3
  • Stanley I Resume (2014, Biteback) ISBN 978-1-84954-741-3
  • Kompromat (2017, Point Blank) ISBN 978-1-78607-246-7

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