Reporter 451, 8 May 2000


David Crighton died on April 12

With the tragically premature death of David Crighton, on 12 April at the age of 57, the University lost one of its most charismatic and influential former staff members. Coming to Leeds in 1974, remarkably to a Chair in Applied Mathematics as his first permanent post, he quickly justified the foresight and perception of the appointing committee.

Indeed the School of Mathematics at Leeds provided the canvas on which Davidís talents and energies were first demonstrated. The Leeds department of Applied Mathematics, which in 1974 was modest in its achievements and expectations had, by the time of his departure to Cambridge in 1986, become one of the top three or four departments in the country.

The credit for this transformation, which has happily been maintained, lies overwhelmingly with David. His successive spells as Head of Department, Chairman of School and Chairman of the Science Board left indelible marks of his imagination, energy and effectiveness which have subsequently become more widely familiar through his similar contributions, often as President, to virtually all national and international applied maths organisations.

David Crighton was midway through his tenth year as head of the department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics at Cambridge, and was Master of Jesus College. We extend our deepest sympathy, particularly to his wife Johanna, and other members of his family.

John Brindley

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