David Sharp

Biography of David Sharp

David William Arthur Sharp was Ramsay Professor of Chemistry from 1967 to 1988.

David Sharp was born in Folkestone, Kent on 8th October 1931, and was educated at the Harvey Grammar School. After completing National Service he went on to read Natural Sciences at Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge, and graduated with a BA in Chemistry in 1954. He then gained a PhD in complex ternary fluorides in 1957, and an MA in 1958.

Sharp worked at Imperial College, University of London, for four years, with appointments as Assistant Lecturer and Lecturer, before being appointed Senior Lecturer in Inorganic Chemistry at the Royal College of Science and Technology, Glasgow (now University of Strathclyde) in 1961. He became Reader in Inorganic Chemistry in 1964, and Professor in 1965.

In 1967 he was made the first Ramsay Professor of Chemistry at the University of Glasgow - a post he held until 1988. During this period he served two terms as Director of the Chemical Laboratories, and a term as Dean of Science.

He was also an Associate of the Royal Institute of Chemistry and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, as well as Convener of the Chemistry Panel for the Scottish Certificate of Education Examination Board.

His special research interests in inorganic chemistry were in fluorine chemistry and the physical properties of inorganic compounds. He was the author of numerous publications based upon his research projects, and was joint editor of A New Dictionary of Chemistry.

In Sharp's later years at the University he was given a Personal Chair, and was asked to become an 'ambassador at large'- travelling the world on behalf of the University to negotiate programmes whereby students (undergraduate and postgraduate) would study for all or a part of their degree at Glasgow. Eventually these activities were formalised as the Office for Overseas Programmes; he was involved in these and related activities for 22 years until his retirement in 1999, at which point he was appointed an Emeritus Professor.

Professor Sharp died on the 25th of March 2013.


David Sharp
Born 8 October 1931.
Died 25 March 2013.
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Record last updated: 22nd Aug 2017

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