New scholarship in memory of engineering professor

The family of the late Professor Frank Wallace has set up a scholarship to help Chinese students to undertake a full masters programme at the University of Bath in Automotive Engineering.

Professor Wallace was a Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University since its inception in 1966. He was a pioneer in his research field of diesel engine turbocharging and through his work he received worldwide recognition as an eminent scientist and engineer.

He was still actively involved with research and supervising students until his death in January this year, at the age of 84.

His children, Catherine Hall, Paul Wallace and Mark Wallace, have now set up a scholarship in his memory to provide financial help for Chinese postgraduate students researching in Professor Wallace's own specialist area of automotive engineering.

Professor Gary Hawley, Dean and Medlock Chair of Engineering at the University said: "Frank supervised many Chinese students during his time at the University and he visited the country on many occasions where he was held in high esteem so it seemed appropriate for his legacy to continue to support students after his death."

Professor Gary Hawley (back row right) with Frank Wallace's family

Professor Gary Hawley (back row right) with Frank Wallace's family

His youngest son, Mark Wallace said: "The University was so much more than just a place of employment for Frank. It was somewhere he felt incredibly comfortable, surrounded by like-minded individuals who respected him for his formidable intellect.

"We therefore thought it was fitting to set up this scholarship in recognition of the professional and personal fulfilment that the University provided Frank during both his career and his retirement."

Frank's daughter, Catherine Hall added: "It is a great privilege for us, to be able to provide funding for a bursary in his name in order that future generations of students will be able to benefit from, and be aware of his contribution to the University of Bath."

The first student to be awarded the scholarship will start in the next academic year.

Frank's children visited the University's Claverton campus last weekend (Saturday 31 October) to plant a tree in his memory.

The magnolia tree has been planted near the lake, and is overlooked by the department where Professor Wallace worked

The magnolia tree has been planted near the lake, and is overlooked by the department where Professor Wallace worked

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