Graeme Davies

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Graeme (John) Davies
Born 7 April 1937
New Zealand
Residence United Kingdom
Nationality New Zealand
Fields Materials engineering, Metallurgy
Institutions University of Liverpool,
University of Glasgow,
University of London
Alma mater University of Auckland
St Catharine's College, Cambridge
Known for his leadership of the universities of Liverpool, Glasgow and London.

Sir Graeme (John) Davies, FREng,[1] FRSNZ, FRSE (born 7 April 1937) is a New Zealand engineer, academic and administrator. He is a former Vice-Chancellor of three universities: the University of Liverpool, the University of Glasgow and the University of London.[2]

Early life[edit]

He is the son of Harry John Davies and Gladys Edna Davies (née Pratt). He was born in New Zealand and attended Mount Albert Grammar School in Auckland. He later attended the University of Auckland when he obtained a BE in Aeronautical Engineering and PhD in Materials Science. He then attended St Catharine's College, Cambridge obtaining an MA and ScD.[2]


Davies has taught metallurgy at the University of Auckland (1964–66), the University of Cambridge (1966-77) and the University of Sheffield (1978–86) where he was Professor of Metallurgy, and has served as Chief Executive of the Universities Funding Council (UFC) and its successor the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE). He is also a Fellow[1] of the Royal Academy of Engineering[1] and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh and an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand. He became and Honorary Fellow of St Catharine's College, Cambridge in 1989.[2] Davies also served as the Chairman of Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS), Ltd.

Personal life[edit]

In 1959, he married Florence Isabelle Martin and they had one son and one daughter. He was knighted in 1996.[2]


  • Solidification and Casting (1973)
  • Texture and the Properties of Materials (co-ed, 1976)
  • Solidificacao e Fundicao das Metals e Suas Ligas (jtly, 1978)
  • Hot Working and Forming Processes (co-ed, 1980)
  • Superplasticity (jtly, 1981)
  • Essential Metallurgy for Engineers (jtly, 1985)
  • Herding Cats (jtly, 2010)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c "List of Fellows". 
  2. ^ a b c d "DAVIES, Sir Graeme (John)", Who's Who 2013, A & C Black (Bloomsbury Publishing plc, 2013; online edn, Oxford University Press, Dec 2012 ; online edn, Nov 2012), retrieved 20 June 2013 

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Academic offices
Preceded by
Professor Robert Whelan
Vice-Chancellor of the University of Liverpool
Succeeded by
Professor Philip Love
Preceded by
Sir William Kerr Fraser
Principal and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Glasgow
Succeeded by
Sir Muir Russell
Preceded by
Professor Graham J Zellick CBE
Vice-Chancellor of the University of London
2003 – 2010
Succeeded by
Professor Geoffrey Crossick