Martin was an academic in the Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering from 1977 until his retirement in 2016. He was a much-respected colleague who was universally liked by staff and students.
Emeritus Professor Fred Eastham, who knew Martin since 1971 when he started his PhD at Imperial College, comments, “Dr Martin Balchin made a major contribution to the work of the Department for over 40 years. His research work, particularly in analysis of electromagnetic machines, was seminal and is in industrial use. He had a major influence on teaching, acting as undergraduate Director of Studies and also traveling extensively to China to support the link between North China Electric Power University and Bath.”
Professor Adrian Evans, Head of Electronic and Electrical Engineering, added, “Martin made significant contributions to the Department and also across the University, for example as a University Marshall. In addition to his research on electrical machines, he will be remembered as a dedicated teacher, for his excellent programme management, and as a supportive and kind colleague.”
We have been informed by his family that if anyone who knew him would like to attend his funeral it will be held at 12.30pm on Thursday 23 September at the United Reformed Church, Argyle St, Bath, BA2 4BA.
We know that Martin's death will affect fellow students, friends and staff and a range of support is available:
- if you are a student, Wellbeing Support is available every day of the year by phone on 01225 383838, video or by emailing. Help is also available from The SU’s Advice and Support Centre
- if you are a member of staff, free and confidential counselling support is available from the University’s Employee Assistance Programme and / or the Education Support Partnership (which operates a 24/7 service). Contact details are available from the Staff Counselling Service
- the Chaplaincy staff are happy to talk with anyone who has been affected, in total confidence. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org or contact Nigel Rawlinson
- Cruse Bereavement Care offers free confidential support by telephone or email.