Reporter 445, 24 January 2000


Dr U T Place died on 2 January 2000

Ullin Place came to the University in 1968 as lecturer in clinical psychology in the Department of Psychiatry. From 1969 until retirement he was successively lecturer and senior lecturer in the Department of Philosophy. He was also an associate lecturer in the Department of Psychology, and forged important links between the two departments.

Throughout his career Ullin worked actively in both disciplines. Before coming to Leeds he had been instrumental in inaugurating the discipline of psychology in the University of Adelaide, Australia, and had practised as a clinical psychologist. He published important theoretical work on the psychology of language.

He is best known for his seminal paper, Is consciousness a brain process? (1956), which led to the vigorous development of the 'identity theory of mind'. He was a good-natured and likeable colleague. He retired in 1982, but continued teaching until 1986. Alongside his dual professional career he pursued a keen interest in Romano-British archaeology and in railways.

After retiring he maintained his interests with characteristic energy even through the course of a long illness, publishing two papers during 1999 and leaving several current projects with collaborators at his death.

Harry Lewis

Margaret O'Neill (formerly Knight) died on 6 January 2000

Margaret joined the office of the Registrar in August 1987. A brief stint in the international office was followed by several years dealing with the administration of research grants and contracts. In 1991, Margaret moved offices to assume responsibility for the University's international student exchange schemes.

In early 1992 she added the role of adviser to international students. She was promoted to senior administrative officer in the same year. A warden also of Charles Morris Hall from August 1994 to August 1995, Margaret left the University on the latter date.

Margaret will be fondly remembered by those who worked alongside her as a warm, helpful and very capable friend and colleague; and their thoughts are with her husband, Wilf, and her daughter, Talia.

George Brassay

Professor Kenneth Graham Knight died on 23 November 1999

Ken Knight's belief in the humanising aspects of contact with foreign cultures underlay his enthusiasm for German.

During the war. after taking his BA in 1943 at Cambridge, Ken (as a conscientious objector) served on a river-boat with the Thames Fire Service and after D-Day on relief work in The Netherlands and Germany amongst "displaced persons". A brief year as assistant lecturer at Manchester and then his time at Keele was succeeded by a period at the Institute of Germanic Studies in London. In 1979 he was appointed professor and head of the German department at Leeds, where he remained until his retirement in 1986. He was instrumental in establishing an MA course in Anglo-German literary relations.

Ken's scholarship was profound, but lightly worn: he was the authority on both the better-known and more obscure writers of the 17th century in Germany. "He loved chivalrie, trouthe and honour, freedom and curtteisye... ...he was a verray parfit gentil knight", and will be remembered by many for that reason with gratitude and kindness.

Maurice Raraty

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