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Professor Sir David Bates (1916–1994)

© the artist's estate. Photo credit: Queen's University Belfast

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David Bates, a mathematician and theoretical physicist, was educated at the Royal Belfast Academical Institution, Queen’s University and University College, London, where he was appointed a lecturer and reader at the college in 1951. In the same year he returned to Queen’s, where he held a number of professorial posts until his retirement in 1982, including the professorship of applied mathematics (1951–1968), the professorship of physics (1968–1974) and a research professorship (1976–1982). A vice-president of the Royal Irish Academy and a fellow of the Royal Society, he received a knighthood in 1978, in recognition of his services to science.

Queen's University Belfast



oil on canvas


H 76 x W 65.7 cm

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purchased, 1980

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