Sir Alwyn Williams

Biography of Sir Alwyn Williams

Sir Alwyn Williams
Sir Alwyn Williams

Sir Alwyn Williams (1921-2004) was Principal and Vice Chancellor from 1976 to 1988. Under his leadership, the University faced up to and met the challenges involved in modernising and developing research and teaching in computing and new technologies. He was awarded an LLD in 1988.

Born in South Wales, Williams studied Geology at University College of Wales and came to Glasgow in 1950 to lecture at the University's Geology Department. He was Professor of Geology at Queen's University Belfast from 1954 until 1974 and then at Birmingham University before returning to Glasgow as Principal in 1976. He was knighted in 1983.

Williams was a highly-respected scientist who continued to pursue his research interests while he was Principal, and worked full-time on a number of academic projects after his retirement.


Sir Alwyn Williams
Geologist and University Administrator

Born 8 June 1921.
Died 4 April 2004.
University Link: Honorary Graduate, Lecturer, Principal
GU Degree: LLD, 1988;
Occupation categories: geologists
NNAF Reference: GB/NNAF/P129328
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Record last updated: 25th Jul 2008

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Sir Alwyn Williams is listed on the University of Glasgow World Changing website.

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