UCL President & Provost



July 2017

Professor Leslie F Larkworthy BSc, PhD, DSc, CChem, FRSC sadly passed away on 19 July 2017.

Les was born in Plymouth where he attended Sutton High School and in 1948 won a scholarship to UCL. He graduated with first class honours in Chemistry in 1951 and subsequently completed his PhD on Nitrosation Mechanisms with Hughes and Ingold.

After national service in the education arm of the Royal Air Force, Les returned to UCL in 1956 for a post-doctoral fellowship with Nyholm studying complexes of molecular oxygen at metal centres.

At the Battersea College of Advanced Technology and later at the University of Surrey he rapidly created a successful research group which was noted for studies on air sensitive complexes of uranium, vanadium, manganese, iron, cobalt and chromium. Inter alia, his group investigated ferromagnetic halides of chromium(II) and metal complexes with Schiff bases which carry dioxygen and nitric oxide with some showing spin crossover at low temperatures.

For this work Les was promoted to professor and awarded a DSc by the University of London in 1975. He retired in 1996 credited with almost 150 publications.

As a teacher Les was highly regarded by both undergraduate and postgraduate students. Les was a fine scientist and a valued colleague who will be sorely missed.

April 2017

Philip G. Wright, former Deputy Director and Senior Research Fellow at OMEGA Centre, UCL Bartlett School of Planning, sadly passed away on 5 April 2017.

Phil was a warm, kind and thoughtful man who in his own low-key manner contributed very insightfully and significantly to the OMEGA Centre’s research, its publications and consultancy portfolio, and to the field of mega infrastructure planning generally. His personality, intelligence and modesty always shone through in all he did. 

Tribute to Philip Wright

Dr Roy Webster, UCL Neurosciences, Physiology and Pharmacology, sadly passed away on April 2 2017. 

Tribute to Roy Webster

March 2017

Professor Mitch Glickstein, Research Department of Cell and Developmental Biology, UCL Division of Biosciences passed away March 14th 2017

Mitch was a true scholar in the very best sense of the word and a very popular teacher. He always kept the attention of his students with the depth and breadth of his knowledge and his gentle approach to teaching. 

Tribute to Mitch Glickstein

January 2017

Professor Geoffrey Raisman, FRS, Chair of Neural Regeneration, UCL Institute of Neurology sadly passed away on Friday 27 January 2017

Geoffrey was an inspiration to the many colleagues and students that he worked with. He was a truly exceptional and gifted person and his death represents a major loss to the neural regeneration research field and to UCL.

Tribute to Geoffrey Raisman


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