Former Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Prof Stephen Cotgrove

The University is sad to learn of the death of Professor Stephen Cotgrove.

Stephen Cotgrove was Professor of Sociology at the University from its establishment in 1966 until his retirement in 1984.

Stephen was Director of the Science Studies Centre (1973-83), Head of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences (1968-71, 1974-77) and Pro Vice-Chancellor (1974-78) as well as a member of Court, Council and Senate. He also sat on the Council for National Academic Awards and on the Social Science Research Council (the forerunner of ESRC).

He had a substantial number of research publications and his undergraduate sociology textbook, The Science of Society, went through many editions and was widely used.

Professor Graham Room, Director of Research in the Dept. of Social and Policy Sciences, said: “Stephen was one of the first sociologists to embrace the environment agenda, long before it became mainstream. He was also a champion of the sociology of science which remained one of Bath’s research strengths throughout the 1970s and 1980s.”

Stephen lived less than a fortnight longer than his wife Edna, passing away peacefully on Wednesday 3 May. He is survived by four children: Anne, a retired biology teacher; Judith, a retired GP; Michael, a software developer; and Andrew, a consultant psychiatrist, along with nine grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

Stephen Cotgrove, an appreciation, by Harry Collins FBA, Distinguished Research Professor, School of Social Sciences, Cardiff University.

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