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Our former chancellors

Read about former chancellors of the University, from 1966 to 2013.


Painted portraits of the former chancellors of the University of Bath
The former chancellors of the University of Bath

Lord Tugendhat, Chancellor 1998-2013

Christopher Tugendhat is a member of the House of Lords Select Committee on Economic Affairs and was Chairman of the Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust until December 2011. He is a former Chairman of Abbey National plc and Blue Circle Industries plc. He began life as a journalist with the Financial Times and is the author of several books.

Sir Denys Henderson, Chancellor 1992-1998

Denys Henderson graduated in Arts and Law from the University of Aberdeen in 1955, before training as a solicitor and serving as a captain in the Directorate of Army Legal Services during his National Service. He joined Imperial Chemical Industries (ICI) as a lawyer before eventually becoming Chairman in 1987. He was knighted in 1989 and received an Honorary Degree (Doctor of Science) from the University in 1993. Sir Denys died 21 May 2016. His obituary was printed in the Telegraph.

Baron Kearton, Chancellor 1980-1992

Frank Kearton began his career as a chemical process worker at ICI in 1933. As a young chemical engineer he was recruited into Britain’s wartime Atomic Energy Project, and in 1945 received one of the few OBEs awarded to civilians during the conflict. By 1964, he had risen to the post of Chairman of Courtaulds. In 1966, he was knighted and awarded an Honorary Degree (Doctor of Science) at the University of Bath.

Baron Hinton, Chancellor 1966-1979

Christopher Hinton began his career at Brunner Mond & Co (later part of ICI), where he became Chief Engineer at the age of 29. He served as Deputy Controller of Production for the Atomic Energy Agency in 1946. In 1954, he became the first chairman of the Central Electricity Generating Board in 1957.

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