Reporter 442, 8 November 1999


Senate has adopted resolutions on the retirement of the following professors.

Professor Keith Bartle first came to Leeds in 1962 to carry out his PhD research into nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR). He returned to the chemistry department in 1969 as a senior instructor and quickly established himself an international leader in gas chromatography and then separation science. The spin-off company Express Separations grew from this work, and his collaboration with Tony Clifford. He was awarded a personal chair in 1991 and is sure to continue his prolific research activity in retirement as a part-time research professor. The full resolution is available here More

Professor Roy Bridge joined the history department in 1972. He played an active part in re-modelling the International History degree programme, expanding the period studied by some 400 years and producing some of the UKís best student grades. He has long been recognised as a leading authority of the foreign policy of the Austro-Hungarian empire before the First World War, and has written extensively for both specialist scholars and students. He was awarded a personal chair in 1994. The full resolution is available here More

Professor Francis Cairns came to chair of Latin Language in the classics department in 1988 and was soon called to take over as its head. His vision and vigour saw the department through potentially turbulent times of expansion and change, and helped to establish it as stable, successful and innovative. The focus of his research has always been on the Latin poetry of the Republican and Augustan periods and he has written essential studies of individual poets. In retirement he aims to achieve a long-standing goal and complete a book on Propertius. The full resolution is available here More

Professor John Griffiths first came to Leeds in 1967 as a teaching fellow and became a lecturer in 1973. His main area of research interest was oscillating reactions in oxidising hydrocarbons and his work quickly gained international recognition. His research drove the creation of the centre for non-linear studies, and he is now a world leader in understanding the processes at a molecular level. He was appointed professor of combustion chemistry in 1997. The full resolution is available here More

Professor Michael Holman has been with the Russian studies department since 1966. Fluent in Russian, Bulgarian, German and French, he arranged links between the University and institutions throughout East Germany, Bulgaria and Russia. He introduced the teaching of Bulgarian to the University and helped pioneer a distance learning CD-ROM to promote environmental management in the former Soviet Union. He attained a developmental professorship in 1990. The full resolution is available here More

After graduating from the physics department in 1957, Professor David Johnson devoted his entire working life to the University. His interest in high performance fibres for engineering applications grew from postgraduate work and he is now a world expert in the field. He pioneered the introduction of computers to the textile department and was appointed as its head in 1991. A keen runner, he could often be seen pounding the Headingley pavements. He was appointed Professor of Fibre Science in 1992. The full resolution is available here More

The mysteries of dinosaursí complex love lives are among the many aspects of the terrible lizardsí time on earth revealed by the biology departmentís Professor Neill Alexander during his thirty years at the University. Professor Alexander was head of the pure and applied biology department from 1969-1978 and 1983-1987, after joining the University as Professor of Zoology in 1969. He has written fifteen books during his career and is a regular contributor and advisor to television, most notably of course, on dinosaurs. The full resolution is available here More

Professor David Shapiro came to Leeds in 1995 to take up the Chair of Clinical Psychology and became director of the psychological therapies research centre. The centre was a unique experiment and Professor Shapiro strove to combine research with improving people's mental health. The centre is now known internationally for the quality of its psychological research. Professor Shapiro is without question, one of the leading international psychotherapy researchers of his generation. The full resolution is available here More

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