LONDON (AP) _ Noel Annan, an academic whose writings focused on the role of intellectuals in British society, has died at age 83.

Annan died Feb. 21, his family said. The cause of death was not announced.

Following wartime service in military intelligence, Annan was appointed a fellow of King's College, Cambridge in 1944, and provost of the college in 1956. He was appointed provost of University College, London in 1966 and vice-chancellor of the University of London in 1978.

His books included a biography of Leslie Stephen in 1951, ``The Curious Strength of Positivism in English Political Thought'' in 1959, ``Our Age: Portrait of a Generation,'' in 1990, and ``Changing Enemies: The Defeat and Regeneration of Germany'' in 1995.

He is survived by his wife, Gabriele Ullstein, and two daughters. At his request, there was no funeral service.