David Randall Pye

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This article is about the scientist and engineer. For the furniture designer, see David Pye (furniture).

Sir David Randall Pye CB FRS[1] (29 April 1886 - 20 February 1960) was a British mechanical engineer and academic administrator.[2]

Pye was born in Hampstead, London and educated at Tonbridge School and Trinity College, Cambridge.

He was appointed CB in 1937; He was appointed provost of University College, London in 1942,[3][4] and made a Knight Bachelor in 1952.

In the 1955 film The Dam Busters, Pye was played by Stanley van Beers.

He is the father of William Pye, a noted sculptor.[5][6]

Academic offices
Preceded by
Allen Mawer
Provost of University College London
Succeeded by
B. Ifor Evans

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Saunders, O. A. (1961). "David Randall Pye. 1886-1960". Biographical Memoirs of Fellows of the Royal Society 7: 198–126. doi:10.1098/rsbm.1961.0015.  edit
  2. ^ "The Oxford Dictionary of National Biography". 2004. doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/35636.  edit
  3. ^ Lockspeiser, B. E. N. (1960). "Sir David Pye, C.B., F.R.S". Nature 186 (4723): 433. doi:10.1038/186433a0.  edit
  4. ^ "Dr. D. R. Pye, C.B., F.R.S". Nature 150 (3812): 600–600. 1942. doi:10.1038/150600a0.  edit
  5. ^ British sculpture in the 21st century - William Pye
  6. ^ William Pye - water sculpture

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