After Honours degrees in Classics and English Literature and in Computer Engineering, Peter Stokes completed a PhD at Cambridge on English palaeography of the early eleventh century. He held a Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship in Palaeography at the Department of Anglo-Saxon Norse and Celtic in Cambridge, where he developed new methods of quantitative and computer-based palaeography, then worked at the Centre for Computing in Humanities (CCH, now Department of Digital Humanities) at King's College London on the LangScape, Anglo-Saxon Cluster and Electronic Sawyer projects before being awarded a major research grant from the European Research Council for his DigiPal: Digital Resource for Palaeography, Manuscript Studies and Diplomatic. This project, completed in September 2014, lead to two further major grants from the AHRC for collaborative projects in which he is Co-Investigator: The Conqueror’s Commissioners: Unlocking the Domesday Survey of South-West England (with the University of Oxford), and Models of Authority: Scottish Charters and the Emergence of Government, 1100–1250 (with the Universities of Glasgow and Cambridge).
Major publications include English Vernacular Minuscule from Æthelred to Cnut, circa 990 – circa 1035 (Cambridge, 2014) and DigiPal, and he has also published on name-studies, lexicography, Anglo-Saxon charters, image-processing, and digital humanities, as well as palaeography. He is a correspondant scientifique at the Institut de recherche et d’histoire des textes (CNRS, Paris), and Chercheur invité (Invited Researcher) there in 2015. He lectures on the MA in Digital Humanities at King's College London, and on palaeography and codicology at the University of Cambridge; he has also lectured in digital publishing, medieval history, and medieval Latin. Other professional positions include:
- Correspondant scientifique and, for two months in 2015, Chercheur invité (Invited Researcher) at the CNRS in Paris (Institut de recherche et d'histoire des textes, UPR 841)
- Member, Équipe Humanités Numériques, Institut des textes et manuscrits modernes (ITEM, CNRS/ENS, UMR 8132)
- Specialty Chief Editor of Digital Paleography and Book History, a Specialty Section of Frontiers in Digital Humanities
- Principal Coordinator of Medieval and Modern Manuscript Studies in the Digital Age (MMSDA), a five-day international training programme for PhD students.