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Dennis Irvine

We are very sorry to report the death at the weekend of Dr Dennis Irvine, graduate and Honorary Graduate of the University.

Dr Irvine came to Leeds in 1946 as a Jamaican Scholar. He graduated with First Class Honours in Chemistry in 1950 and then completed a doctorate at Cambridge. He went on to a distinguished career as a scholar and international educator, working in both Africa and the Caribbean. He was Professor of Chemistry and Dean of the Faculty of Science at the University of Ibadan in Nigeria, before being appointed in 1969 as the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Guyana, a post he held for some fourteen years. Dr Irvine served on many national and international bodies concerned with education, science and technology, and acted as UNESCO's Science Adviser to the Caribbean and as an education consultant to the Government of Jamaica. At the time of his death, he was the President of the Caribbean Association of Distance and Open Learning (CARADOL).

Dr Irvine was awarded the Honorary degree of Doctor of Science by the University in 1979.

A full obituary, from the Guyanan Stabroek News, is available at

Published: 2 December 2005