Eugene Grebenik died on 14 October 2001.
Grebenik graduated from the University of London with
first class honours in economics in 1938 and was awarded
the Farr medal and prize. He gained his MSc in1941. Following
brief appointments with the National Income Inquiry and
at the University of Bristol, he was appointed assistant
lecturer at the London School of Economics in 1940, being
promoted to lecturer in 1944 and to reader in 1949. During
a period of leave of absence from 1944-1946, Professor
Grebenik initially served as a statistical officer with
the Admiralty before transferring in September 1945 to
the Secretariat of the Royal commission of population
where he held the office of assistant director, family
Grebenik came to Leeds in October 1954 as professor and
had of the department of social studies in succession
to Professor AN Shimmin. During the next fifteen years,
he continued the work that won him an international reputation
as a demographer, as reflected in his lengthy tenure of
the offices of secretary-general of the international
union for the scientific study of population and of joint
(later managing) editor of Population Studies.
Professor Grebenik also played a remarkably active part
in the corporate life of the University. He was a dean
of the faculty of economic and social studies from 1956
to 1958 and served on a very diverse range of committees,
including, at various times, the academic planning committee,
the board of extra-mural studies and standing committees
on applications; developments; readerships; research degrees;
and scholarships. Professor Grebenik was elected to serve
as one of the Senate's representatives on the Council
from 1965 to 1967. He also represented the University
on a number of external bodies, including the central
council of the federated superannuated system for universities
Grebenik resigned from his post at Leeds in December 1969,
to take up appointment as the first Principal of the newly
estabished Civil Service College. A testimonial fund was
established in his honour at that time, in order to acknowledge
the very distinctive personal contribution he had made
to the University. Professor Grebenik was created a Companion
of the Order of the Bath in 1976 and served as president
of the British Society for Population Studies from 1979
funeral was held at Oxford crematorium on Friday 19 October.
It was requested that no flowers be sent, but donations
can be made to the Parkinson's Disease Society, 215 Vauxhall
Bridge Road, London, SW1V 1EJ.
Professor of Social Studies at Leeds 1954-1969 died
on Sunday October 14, aged 82.
was born in Kiev and came to England as a child. A graduate
of LSE, he was Reader in Demography there when he came
to Leeds to succeed Professor Shimmin as Head of the small
Department of Social Studies. He quickly became known
for his development of the Department and for his energetic
roles in Faculty and Senate business and in the then elaborate
Committee system; as 'Grebby' he was a University personality.
He was also a demographer of international standing, familiar
at professional meetings all over Europe and beyond. He
was a key figure in the International Union for the Scientific
Study of Population and a consultant to the Council of
Europe and to the United Nations on population issues.
He continued this active life after leaving the University
to become the first Principal of the Civil Service Staff
College. He also undertook advisory and editorial work
for the Registrar-General. He retained to 1997 his association
with 'Population Studies' after 50 years as Joint Editor
and Editor since its foundation by David Glass in 1947.
This busy professional life was skilfully woven into his
happy family life and a wide circle of friends at home
and abroad. Many today share happy memories of knowing
and working with this lively, clever and amiable colleague.