A new Science faculty

A new Science faculty

1961

The Foundation Dean, Jock Marshall, was a biologist, and he planned a department that included not only the traditional sciences of mathematics, physics and chemistry, but also chairs in botany, geology, psychology and even physical anthropology. An idea was floated to include geography, at which his colleagues unanimously drew a line in the sand and the geographers joined the Faculty of Arts.

Professor Marshall’s successor, mathematician Kevin Westfold, took over the Faculty in 1963, and he held a much stricter view. He created further chairs in mathematics, physics and inorganic chemistry,
before finally making appointments in botany (1964) and psychology (1965).

The number of staff in these departments grew considerably over the next few years, as Professor Westfold built a Faculty that was strong not only in traditional sciences, but also in newer emerging fields of enquiry.