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Professor Dai Davies
Professor Dai Davies

Internal News - 04 December 2006

The death of Professor Dai Davies, 1937- 2006

A message from George Lunt, Deputy Vice-Chancellor:

It is with great sadness that we record the recent death of David Davies, known to so many of us as Dai. In 1964 he was appointed to a lectureship in the Department of Pharmacy in the then Bristol College of Science and Technology. In 1966 the College was transformed into Bath University of Science and Technology, and following that major change Dai and his colleagues in the Pharmacy Department relocated to the new Campus on Claverton Down.

Dai built up a substantial research presence in the general area of sterility of drugs and medicines and pursued investigations into the stability of drugs and how they were affected by such factors as heat and radiation. In 1971 he was promoted to a Senior Lectureship and in 1981 to Reader. Dai’s career continued to flourish in what was now the University of Bath and his contribution was further recognised in 1991 by an appointment to a personal chair.

Dai took on the task of Head of School with enormous enthusiasm and commitment and Pharmacy and Pharmacology at Bath flourished under his leadership. In 1996 the University underwent a major structural change as the original Schools of study were phased out and the new Faculty structure came into being.

Dai was a natural choice for the new post of Dean of the Faculty of Science to which he was appointed in 1996. He brought many years of experience to the new post and the Faculty of Science quickly settled down to the task of building and capitalising on the strong science foundation on which the University itself had been founded back in 1966.

In addition to his responsibilities as Dean Dai took a great interest in other areas of the University such as Entrepreneurship and Enterprise areas in which he enjoyed particular personal success. He was an ardent supporter of the arts, most particularly of music, and his rich Welsh voice brought great strength to the rendition of the National Anthem at Degree Congregations. Dai took early retirement in 2001 but until very recently was still a regular visitor to the University.

The University has lost one of its founders, a man who worked tirelessly for his discipline and for his colleagues. His qualities are summarised in one of the references for his appointment back in 1964: “He is all a man of honour should be, he is palpably honest, of considerable personal charm and utterly dependable. I think such men are few and far between.”

Our deepest sympathy is extended to Dai’s wife Barbara and to his family. The University is much the poorer for his passing.

More details of Dai's life and the funeral arrangements will be published soon.