Fergus Ling

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Major-General Fergus Ling

Major-General Fergus Alan Humphrey Ling (5 August 1914 - 7 May 1995) was the Defence Services Consultant for the Institute for the Study of Conflict from 1970. [1] He was Secretary the Institute and its successor organisation the Research Institute for the Study of Conflict and Terrorism up until his death. It was chiefly Ling and former diplomat Robert Thompson who acquired the intial corporate funding for the group. [2] Ling also helped negotiate the Institute's chairty status with the Charities Commission. [3]


  1. ‘LING, Maj.-Gen. Fergus Alan Humphrey’, Who Was Who, A & C Black, 1920–2007; online edn, Oxford University Press, Dec 2007
  2. The Times, Saturday, Dec 12, 1970; pg. 10; Issue 58046; col E
  3. Richard Sim, 'Research note: Institute for the study of conflict', Studies in Conflict & Terrorism, Volume 1, Issue 2 1978 , pages 211 - 215