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Emeritus Professors & Appointments

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Professor Emeritus is an honorary title bestowed on retired University staff who attained the rank of Professor. Ordinance XIII sets out the terms of appointment of Emeritus Professors.


  • Dennis Ernest Ager BA (Lond), PhD (Salf)
    Professor in the Department of Modern Languages 1971-1999
    Head of Department of Modern Languages 1971-1978
    Dean of the Faculty of Social Science & Humanities 1975-1978
    Pro Vice Chancellor 1990-1993

  • William Oliver Alexander BSc, PhD, FIM, MIProdE
    Professor and Head of Department of Metallurgy 1967-76

  • David Bainbridge LLB, BSc, PhD
    Senior Lecturer in Law 1987 - 1989
    Lecturer 1990-1997
    Reader 1997-2002
    Professor of Marketing and Law 2002-2008
    Subject Group Convenor for Finance, Accounting and Law Group 2001-2005

  • Geoffrey Vernon Ball RD, MSc, FBOA, HD, FBCO
    Head of Department of Ophthalmic Optics 1968-81 and Professor from 1970

  • Philip Edwin Barker PhD, DSc, CEng, FIChemE
    Professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering 1970-95

  • Joseph Terence Barnby BSc, PhD, CEng, FIM
    Professor of Metallurgy and Materials 1976-84
    Head of Department of Metallurgy 1981-84

  • David Bennett MSc, PhD, CEng, MIET, MCMI, FHEA
    Lecturer in Production Management 1974-1978
    Senior Lecturer in Production Management 1978-1997
    Professor of Technology Management 1997-2011
    Head of Undergraduate Studies and Head of Division1984-1995
    Subject Group Convenor for the Operations and Information Management Group 2001-2002

  • Ian Bennion  BSc, PhD
    Professor in Electronic Engineering 1991-2010
    Subject Group Convenor for Electronic Engineering 2000-2010

  • John Alexander Blair PhD, DSc, CChem, FRSC, FRCPath
    Professor of Chemistry 1975-92
  • Richard Booth MSc, PhD
    Lecturer 1972-1976
    Senior Lecturer 1976-1978
    Professor of Occupational Health and Safety 1978-201
    Head of Department of Safety and Hygiene 1978-1983
    Head of Department of Environmental and Occupational Health and Safety 1983-1984
    Head of Health and Safety Unit 1984-2000

  • Ernest Braun MSc, DrRerNat, PhD
    Professor of Physics 1967-84
    Head of Technology Policy Unit 1977-84

  • Stan Brignall BSc
    Senior Lecturer of Accounting 1998-2003
    Course Director for the MSc in Financial Management 2002 - 2005
    Professor of Accounting 2003-2010
    Subject Group Convenor for Finance, Accounting and Law Group in Aston Business School 2005-2008

  • Michael Robert Withington Brown MSc, PhD, DSc, FRPharmS, FIBiol
    Professor of Microbiology Professor of Pharmacy 1970-97
    Head of Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences 1989-1992
    Dean of Faculty of Science 1982-1983
    Dean of Faculty of Life and Health Sciences 1983-1984
    Pro-Vice Chancellor 1986-1988

  • Michael James Cardwell BSc, PhD (Lond), DIC, ARCS, CEng, FIEE, MIEEE
    British Telecom Professor 1991-2000
    Head of Department of Electrical Engineering & Applied Physics 1991-1997
    Head of Division of Electrical & Electronic Engineering 1997-1998
    Pro Vice Chancellor 1998-2000

  • Malcolm Coulthard BA, PGCE, Dip Gen Ling, PhD
    Professor of Forensic Linguistics 2004-2011
    Associate Dean for Research for School of Languages & Social Sciences from 2005-2010
    Director for the Centre of Forensic Linguistics

  • Evan John Davies PhD, DSc, CEng, FIEE, SenMemIEEE
    Professor of Electrical Engineering 1967-83
    Head of Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering 1981-83

  • Edward William Davis MA (St And)
    Lloyds Bank Professor of Business Finance 1972-2001
    Dean of the Faculty of Management 1976-1979
    Dean of the Faculty of Management, Languages & European Studies 1997-1998

  • Eric Downham BSc, PhD, CEng, AMRAeS
    Professor of Mechanical Engineering 1965-79

  • Elwyn Edwards BA, PhD, MRAeS, FBPsS
    Professor of Applied Psychology 1976-84
    Head of Department of Applied Psychology 1982-83

  • Professor John Edwards MA, PhD, FORS, FHEA
    Lecturer in Operational Research and Systems 1978-1991
    Promoted to Senior Lecturer in 1991, to Reader in 2001 and to Professor in 2002-2012
    Subject Group Convenor for the Operations and Information Management Group 2002-2003
    Director of Academic Programmes for the Aston Business School 2004-2007
    Associate Dean for Postgraduate Programmes for the Aston Business School 2007
    Deputy Dean and Head of Faculty for the Business School 2008-2010Executive Dean of the Business School 2011-2012

  • Charles Brian Ferry BPharm, BSc, PhD
    Professor of Pharmacology 1973-96

  • John Edward Flood OBE, PhD, DSc, FCGI, FInstP, CEng, FIEE
    Professor of Electrical Engineering 1965-90
    Head of Department of Electrical Engineering 1967-81 and 1983-85
    Head of Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering and Applied Physics 1985-89

  • Gordon Greenley BA, MSc, PhD, DipM
    Lecturer in Marketing 1985 - 1994
    Professor in Marketing 1995-2010
    Subject Group Convenor for Marketing Group 1997-2001, 2001-2002 and 2002-2003
    Deputy Head of Aston Business School and Head of Faculty 2003-2007
    Head of Marketing Group 2007-2009

  • William Frank Gutteridge MBE, MA, DipEd
    Director of Complementary Studies 1971-80
    Professor of International Studies 1976-82
    Head of Political and Economic Studies Group 1980-82

  • Graham Harding BSc (Lond), PhD (Birm), DSc, CPsychol, FBPsS, HonMRCP
    Professor of Clinical Neurophysiology 1978
    Head of Department of OpthalmicOptics 1981-89
    Head of Psychology & Human Biology Division 1997-98
    Director of the Neurosciences Research Institute 1998-2001

  • Margaret Harris  MA, PhD, BSoc Sc
    Lecturer and Assistant Director of Social Science 1987 - 1997
    Lecturer and Acting Centre Director of Social Science 1997 - 1999
    Professor of Public Sector Management 1999-2007

  • Denys James Hinton MSc, AADipl, FRIBA
    Professor of Architecture 1966-81
    Director of the affiliated School of Architecture 1966-72
    Head of Department of Architectural, Planning and Urban Studies 1972-75 and 1978-81

  • John Homer BSc (Leeds), PhD (Birm), DSc (Leeds), CChem, FRSC
    Professor in CEAC 1997-2001

  • Graham Hooley  BSc, PhD
    Lecturer in Marketing 1974 - 1988
    Senior Lecturer in Marketing 1998
    Professor in Marketing and Head of Marketing Division 1990-1997
    Director of Research for Aston Business School 1998-2001
    Deputy  Head of Aston Business School 2002-2003
    Senior Pro-Vice-Chancellor 2003-2010

  • Tao-Ching Hsu BSc, PhD
    Professor of Production Engineering 1967-73
    Professor of Applied Mechanics 1974-83

  • Stanley Ernest Hunt BSc, PhD, FInstP, FINucE
    Professor and Head of Department of Physics 1964-82

  • William James Irwin BPharm, PhD, DSc(Lond), CChem, FRSC, FRPharmS
    Professor and Dean of Faculty of life & Health Sciences 1995-1998
    Director of Research and Pharmacy Research Institute 1998-2001 

  • Geoffrey Vaughan Jeffreys PhD, DSc, FRSC, CEng, FIChemE
    Professor and Head of Department of Chemical Engineering 1965-86

  • William Brian Jepson MSc, CEng, MICE
    Professor of Construction and Environmental Health 1977-83
    Head of Department of Civil Engineering and Construction 1983

  • Barry Jones DipTech, MSc, CEng, MICE
    Subject Group Convenor for mechanical Engineering 1999-2004

  • Arnold George Joselin BSc, DipEd, MA, PhD
    Professor and Head of Department of Education 1967-73 
     
  • Roger Kettle  BSc, MSc, PhD

    Lecturer Civil Engineering 1974 - 1980
    Senior Lecturer and Head of Department of Civil Engineering  1980 - 1996
    Professor 1997 - 2008
    Subject Group Convenor for Engineering and Systems Management 1999 - 2008

  • Edward Stuart Kirby BSc (Econ), PhD
    Professor of International Economics 1965-74

  • Francis Edward Knowles MA (Oxon), MSc (Salf)
    Professor in the Department of Modern Languages 1977-1999
    Dean of the Faculty of Social Science & Humanities 1981-1984
    Senior Pro Vice Chancellor 1983-1986

  • Professor Ashok Kochhar FREng, BSc(Eng), Ph.D, FIMechE, FIEE
    Professor of Manufacturing Systems and Management 1999-2011
    Head of the School of Engineering and Applied Science and then Executive Dean of the School of Engineering and Applied Science 1999-2008

  • Professor Peter Lambert BSc, Phd, DSc
    Lecturer in Microbiology1980-1990
    Promoted to Senior Lecturer in 1990, to Reader in 1998 and Professor in 2005
    Subject Group Convenor for Biology 2007-2009

  • Rodney Vaughan Latham DSc, CPhys, FInstP, CEng, FIEE
    Professor of Applied Physics
    Pro-Vice Chancellor 1992-94
    Head of Department of Electrical & Electronic Engineering & Applied Physics 1989-1991
    Head of Department of Computer Science & Applied Mathematics 1994-96

  • Derek Frank Lawden MA, ScD, FRSNZ, FIMA
    Professor of Mathematical Physics 1967-83
    Head of Department of Mathematics 1977-83

  • Raymond Loveridge MA, MSc, DipEconPolSci
    Professor of Manpower Management 1973-98

  • Ian Martin BSc, PhD
    Professor and Chairman of Department of Pharmacology 1992-1997
    Professor Pharmaceutical Sciences 1997-2009

  • Alan John Matty PhD, DSc, FIBiol
    Professor and Head of Department of Biological Sciences 1965-83

  • Norman Mullineux BSc, PhD
    Professor of Mathematics 1964-83
    Head of Department of Mathematics 1956-76

  • Thomas Mulvey DSc, DipRMS, FInstP, CEng, FIEE
    Professor of Physics 1973-86

  • William Ewart John Neal BSc, PhD, FInstP, CEng, FIEE, FInstE, MOSA
    Professor of Physics 1979-84,
    Head of Department of Physics 1983-84

  • William Tobias Norris MA, ScD (MIT), CEng, FIEE, FIMechE, FCSD, SMIEEE, FRSA Professor of Electrical Engineering Professor of Mechanical Engineering 1987-2003

  • Francis Michael Page BA, PhD, ScD
    Professor of Chemistry 1965-86

  • John Edward Tyrrell Penny BSc(Eng)(Lond), PhD, CMath, FIMA
    Head of Mechanical and Production Engineering Department 1987-1991
    Head of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering Department 1992-1996
    Director of Research School of Engineering & Applied Science 2001-2005
    Professor of Mechanical Engineering 2002-2005

  • William George Sharland Parker BSc, PhD, HonDSc, CChem, FRSC
    Professor of Chemistry 1958-80
    Head of Department of Chemistry 1958-78

  • Hanus Julius Pick BEng, PhD, CEng, FIM, FIMechE
    Professor of Materials Technology 1965-82

  • Kenneth Edwin Porter BSc, PhD, CEng, FIChemE
    Visiting Professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering 1975-79
    Professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering 1979-95

  • Alan William Pratt DSc, FInstP, HonFIAAS
    Professor and Head of Department of Building 1965-76
    Professor and Head of Department of Construction and Environmental Health 1976-83

  • Geoffrey John Frederick Pugh PhD, DSc, FIBiol
    Professor of Biological Sciences 1975-83

  • Nigel Reeves MA, DPhil, OBE
    Professor of German 1975 - 1990
    Dean of the Faculty of Human Studies 1986 - 1990
    Head of School of Languages and European Studies 1990-1996
    Pro-Vice-Chancellor 1996-2007

  • Gordon Leonard Rogers MA, PhD, FInstP, FOSA
    Professor of Physics 1974-81

  • Edgar Alan Rose MSc, DipArch, DipTP, FRTPI, ARIBA, FRSA
    Professor in the affiliated School of Town and Country Planning 1969-72
    Professor in the Department of Architectural, Planning and Urban Studies 1972-83
    Head of Department of Architectural, Planning and Urban Studies 1975-78 and 1981-83

  • John Saunders  MBA, BSc,PhD, FBAM, FCIM, FRSA
    Senior Lecturer in Marketing - 1973 - 1977
    Lecturer in Marketing 1977 - 1985
    Lecturer in Marketing and Strategic Management 1986 - 1987
    Professor in Marketing 1987 - 1996
    Professor in Marketing 1997-2010
    Head of Aston Business School 1997-2007

  • Carl Schwalbe AB, AM, PhD
    Lecturer of Physical Chemistry 1979-2007
    Professor of Physical Chemistry 2007-2010

  • Gerald Scott MA, DSc, CChem, FRSC, FPRI
    Professor of Chemistry 1967-89

  • William Thomas Singleton MA, DSc
    Professor of Applied Psychology 1965-82
    Head of Department of Applied Psychology 1967-82

  • Ian Griffith Slater MSc, PhD, FIM, FInstP, CIMechE
    Professor and Head of Department of Metallurgy 1954-67

  • Anne Stevens MA,  MSc, PhD
    Lecturer in Politics 1978 - 1990
    Professor of European Studies 1991 - 1997
    Professor of European Studies 1998-2008
    Head of School of Languages and European Studies 1998-2008

  • Malcolm FG Stevens PhD, DSc (Nott), Cchem, FRSC, MRPharmS
    Reader of Pharmacy 1972 - 1992
    Professor of Pharmacy 1979 - 1992
    Head of Pharmacy 1983 - 1989

  • Professor John Sullivan
    Assistant Lecturer 1965-68
    Promoted to Lecturer in 1968, to Senior Lecturer in 1989, to Reader in 1994 and to Professor in 1998-2011
    Head of Surface Science Research Group

  • Michael Sutton  BA, MSc, PhD
    Lecturer Languages and European Studies 1997 - 1999
    Senior Lecturer Languages and European Studies 2000 - 2008
    Professor of Politics and International Relations 2008 - 2009
    Director of Studies for Politics & Modern History 2008 -2009

  • Robert Hill Thornley PhD, DSc, AMCT, CEng, FIMechE, FIMfgE, MJSME
    Professor and Head of Department of Production Engineering 1971-84
    Professor and Head of Department of Mechanical and Production Engineering 1984-86

  • Professor Mike West BSc(Econ), PhD, CPsychol, FBPsS, FAPA, FSIOP, FIAAP, FBAM, FCIPD, FHEA, FRSA, AcSS
    Professor of Organisational Psychology 1999-2011
    Subject Group Convenor for the Work and Organisational Psychology Group 1999-2001
    Research Director for the Aston Business School 2001 -2007
    Executive Dean of Aston Business School in April 2007-2011

  • Richard Charles Whitfield BSc, PhD, MA, MEd
    Professor and Head of Department of Educational Enquiry 1975-83

  • Denman George Wibberley PhD, DSc, CChem, FRSC
    Professor of Medicinal Chemistry 1971-83
    Head of Department of Pharmacy 1976-79

  • Thomas Bertram Worth MSc, CGIA, CEng, FIMechE, FIProdE, MIEE
    Head of Department of Production Engineering 1957-71 and Professor from 1964

  • Professor M T Wright PhD, FREng, FIEE, FIMechE, SenMIEEE, CMath, FIMA, CIMgt
    Vice-Chancellor 1996-2006

Other Emeritus Appointments

  • Alan Barnsley BSc, CEng, MIMM, MIGeol, FGS
    Director of Combined Honours Programme 1975-82

  • Edward Harry Charles Driver MSc, FLA
    University Librarian 1966-77

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