David Wicks was born in Essex in 1931. After graduating from Queen Mary College, London, he took up the post of technical engineer in the Mathematical Services Group of Bristol Aircraft Ltd. He worked there as a programmer for the electronic digital computer DEUCE and gained practical experience of numerical methods and early computing techniques. In September 1957 Wicks was engaged as a lecturer in practical mathematics at Bristol College of Technology. He stayed at the College, which became the University of Bath in 1966, until his retirement in August 1990.
As one of the University's longest-serving academics Wicks was involved in the teaching of both undergraduates and postgraduates. Although fluid dynamics remained his main area of interest, his lecturing duties were wide-ranging and he regularly delivered mathematics lectures to students in the departments of Mechanical Engineering, Chemical Engineering and Materials Science as well as those in his own department.
The collection mainly comprises a series of lecture notes on a broad range of topics covering a period of over twenty years.
The collection was donated to the University of Bath by Mrs E. H. Wicks in 2001 and 2002.
A catalogue providing contents details of the Wicks Collection is available in PDF format.
Size: 7 boxes, c 186 items.