Born in Surbiton, Surrey, in 1932, Gerald Stone is a graduate of the School of Slavonic and East European Studies of the University of London. He taught Slavonic languages and comparative Slavonic philology at the Universities of Nottingham (1966-71) and Cambridge (1971-2) before becoming a lecturer in non-Russian Slavonic languages at the University of Oxford and a Fellow of Hertford College from 1972 to 1999. Since then he has been an Emeritus Fellow of Hertford and has continued his research into the historical linguistics of the Slavonic languages, especially Kashubian, Polish, Russian, Slovene, and Sorbian. His main interests are in pronominal address, language contact, dialectology, etymology, the Slav substratum in Trans-Elbian German, and scrutinizing primary sources. He was responsible for introducing Polish to the Oxford modern languages syllabus and is a language consultant to the Oxford English Dictionary.