Re: Not “Dr.”

Many newspapers (incl. the Times) will only use the title “Dr.” for newsmakers who specifically request it.

Yes, it is a good way to chart public figures’ insecurity.

Anyway, I used “Mr.” below to distinguish Prof. Blanchflower from his ex- (soon-to-be-ex?) wife, who may also be a Dr. or, for all I know, a professor.

Another interesting item: “Prof.” ranks above “Dr.” for the reason that most professors can be assumed to hold doctorates while not all those holding doctorates are professors.

Of course, another explanation may be that it’s professors who decide this sort of thing.