Reporter 406, 22 September 1997


Arthur Chadwick

Dr Arthur Chadwick died on 13 May 1997

A graduate and PhD (later DSc) of the University of Bristol, Arthur Chadwick came to Leeds in 1961 to a lectureship in Zoology, after a post-doctoral fellowship at the National Institute for Research in Dairying, Reading. He was promoted to Senior Lecturer in 1974, and Reader in Vertebrate Zoology in 1984, a post which he held until his retirement in 1991.

Arthur was a copious and distinguished contributor to vertebrate zoology and comparative endocrinology, and was recognised as an international authority on the hormones of birds and prolactin-like substances in lower vertebrates. He also had an enormous range of interests and achievements far beyond his professional fields. He was an ardent and knowledgeable collector of antiques of all kinds.

Flying was another passion. In earlier days he was a Pilot Officer in the RAFVR, held a pilot's licence, and until his illness regularly flew aircraft and gliders. He also constructed model aircraft, including a radio-controlled flying model of a long-extinct reptile.

An accomplished violinist, he played second violin in the Leeds College of Music Symphony Orchestra at their concerts in the Town Hall. He was, at the time of his death, President of the Leeds Philosophical and Literary Society.

An outstanding contribution, happily completed before he fell ill, was to pay for the construction of a primary school in Zimbabwe, to endow it, to provide a well to supply clean drinking water, and to install a sewage system. Arthur was invited to open the school last year and the Happy Day Montessori School at Kariba provides a fitting and on-going memorial to a dedicated academic.

Joe Jennings

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