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Bryan Chapman

Colleagues will be sorry to learn of the death, on 14 March 2018, of Bryan Chapman, former Lecturer in the School of Education.

After studying Physics at Manchester, graduating in 1953, Bryan went on to complete teacher training and taught Physics in two local schools before joining the University in 1964 as a Lecturer in Physics Education in the Department (now School) of Education.

Bryan quickly established a national and international reputation for excellence. He was a regular contributor to prestigious journals, publishing articles that challenged orthodoxy and challenged his readers to examine their own views and practices, and was particularly active in projects researching and improving teaching and support for A-level students. He was a popular teacher who prepared over 600 postgraduate students for their own teaching careers. Meticulous and thoughtful in his work, he also had a special gift for communicating the joy he found in intellectual curiosity, and in a subject that offers almost boundless possibilities for discovery, and he inspired his students to pass on, in turn, that spirit of exploration.

Bryan retired from the University in 1995, when his significant body of work was recognised externally by the award of the Bragg Medal and Prize of the Institute of Physics for ‘outstanding contributions to the development, management, and communication of physics.’

He will be remembered at the University with great respect and affection.