success of stonemason's son
stonemasons son who came to Leeds on a scholarship
and became one of the Universitys most significant
benefactors was remembered this month on the 50th anniversary
of the building bearing his name.
lives on John Fisher and Bill Hudson in front of
the Parkinson Tower
seeing plans for new University buildings in 1936, former
student Frank Parkinson by then one of West Yorkshires
most successful businessmen was so impressed that
he offered to pay for the entrance hall and tower. The
Parkinson Tower has been a major Leeds landmark and a
defining feature of the University since its opening on
9 November 1951.
years on, the Frank Parkinson Yorkshire Trust has presented
the University with £100,000 to equip new facilities
the Frank Parkinson Tissue Engineering Laboratory
for research into tissue repair and replacement.
chairman Bill Hudson said: "The Trusts aims include
the promotion of education in the region and, because
of Frank Parkinsons links with the University, we
are very pleased to make this donation."
for research and project leader Professor John Fisher
said: "We are delighted to be building on Frank Parkinsons
historic association with the University."
in 1887, Frank Parkinson began his studies in electrical
engineering in 1908 at the University, then known as the
Yorkshire College. Originally from Guiseley, he first
worked for local firm Rhodes Motors, before forming Crompton
Parkinson in 1927. The company pioneered the modern light
bulb, making Parkinson a millionaire.
benefited himself from a Baines scholarship, Parkinson
wanted to encourage more students to enter higher education.
Research students continue to benefit from the Baines,
Crockatt and Rutson scholarships, to which he contributed.
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