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Obituary: Royston Jones

Professor Royston Jones, OBE, PhD, FICE, FIStructE, MRTPI

It is sad to have to report the death, on 14 August 2004, of Professor Royston Jones, former Senior Lecturer in the Department of Civil Engineering.

Born in 1913, Professor Jones graduated from the University of Manchester with First Class Honours in Municipal Engineering in 1934 and was awarded his MSc in the following year. During the next fourteen years, he was responsible for the design and construction of a wide range of municipal projects, holding appointments with local authorities in Hull, Staffordshire, South Shields and Wakefield.

He thus brought a wealth of experience to Leeds on his appointment, in 1949, as a Lecturer in the Department of Civil Engineering. Professor Jones went on to take a very full and energetic part in all aspects of the Departments work. He was awarded a PhD by the University in 1954 for a thesis on shearing resistance in reinforced concrete beams and built up his own successful team of research students.

Professor Jones was promoted to Senior Lecturer in 1955, resigning in September 1959 in order to take up an appointment as Research Professor and Director of the Postgraduate Engineering Research Unit at the University College of Ghana. Professor Jones retained fond memories of Leeds and continued to keep in touch with a number of his former students; some years ago, he was a welcome guest at a reunion evening for alumni organised by Civil Engineering.

Published: 22 October 2004