From the mid 1970s until the late 1990s, this Conservative Party politician served the Plymouth Sutton and Kensington & Chelsea constituencies in the British Parliament. He went on to serve as Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher's Minister of State for Trade and Minister for Defence Equipment, Support & Technology.
After studying history at Christ Church, Oxford University and subsequently training as a barrister, he decided to pursue a career as a military historian.
Apart from his political career, he was an animal rights activist, diarist, and the author of a controversial historical work titled The Donkeys.
The son of Irishwoman Elizabeth Martin Clark and art historian Kenneth Clark, he grew up in London with siblings named Colin and Colette. He and his wife, Jane, raised two children and were married from 1958 until his death of brain cancer in 1999.
He is portrayed by actor John Hurt in the 2004 BBC biopic The Alan Clark Diaries.