Henry Chilver, Baron Chilver

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The Right Honourable
The Lord Chilver
FRS FREng
Henry Chilver.jpg
Personal details
Born Amos Henry Chilver
(1926-10-30)30 October 1926
Barking, Essex
Died 8 July 2012(2012-07-08) (aged 85)
Nationality British
Spouse(s) Claudia Grigson (m. 1959)
Children 2 daughters, 3 sons
Occupation Engineer

(Amos) Henry Chilver, Baron Chilver FRS[1] FREng (30 October 1926 – 8 July 2012) was a British engineer and politician.

Early life and career[edit]

Chilver was born in Barking, Essex, to Amos Henry Chilver and his wife Annie E. Mack. After attending Southend High School for Boys he took up a place at the University of Bristol,[2] where he gained a BSc in Mechanical Engineering in 1947.[3] He gained a PhD in Civil Engineering in 1951, and a DSc in 1962.[3] From 1952 to 1954 he was a lecturer at the University of Bristol, and between 1958 and 1961 he taught at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge.[2][4] Between 1961 and 1969 he was Chadwick Professor of Civil Engineering at University College London.[5] Between 1970 and 1989 he was Vice-Chancellor of Cranfield University.[2]

In the early 1980s he was Chairman of the Northern Ireland Higher Education Review Group, which was tasked with producing a report called the Chilver Report on how to unify the Initial teacher education (ITE) used in Northern Ireland.[6] He was the Chairman of the Post Office between 1980 and 1981.[7] In 1983 he succeeded Lord Campbell as Chairman of the Milton Keynes Development Corporation (MKDC).[8] Between 1992 and 1995 he was Chairman of English China Clays,[9] and on 25 February 1993 he was appointed Chairman of RJB Mining.[10] He has also been a director of ICI.[10][1]

Awards[edit]

He was made a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering in 1977 and the Royal Society[1] in 1982.[2] In 1978 he was made a Knight Bachelor.[11] He holds honorary DScs from the University of Leeds (1982),[12] the University of Bristol (1983),[3] the University of Salford,[2] the University of Strathclyde (1986),[13] the University of Buckingham, the University of Bath (1986) and the University of Technology of Compiègne.[2]

In 1987 he was made a life peer as Baron Chilver, of Cranfield in the County of Bedfordshire,[14] and he was introduced to the House of Lords on 15 July.[15]

Personal life[edit]

In 1959 he married Claudia Grigson, the sister of Christopher Grigson.[16] They have five children: Helen, Sarah, John, Mark and Paul.[2]

Published works[edit]

  • Problems in Engineering Structures with R S Ashby (1958)[2]
  • Strength of Materials with J Case (1959)[2]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Thompson, J. M. T. (2013). "Amos Henry Chilver FREng, Baron Chilver of Cranfield. 30 October 1926 -- 8 July 2012". Biographical Memoirs of Fellows of the Royal Society. doi:10.1098/rsbm.2013.0010.  edit
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i Lundy, Darryl (30 March 2007). "p. 19113 § 191128 - Person Page 19113". ThePeerage.com. Retrieved 2 May 2009. [unreliable source?]
  3. ^ a b c "Bristol University – Alumni and Friends – Faculty of Engineering". University of Bristol. Retrieved 2 May 2009. 
  4. ^ "Death of Lord Henry Chilver of Cranfield". Corpus Christi College, Cambridge. Retrieved 2 February 2013. 
  5. ^ "Michael Thompson: His Seminal Contributions to Nonlinear Dynamics – and Beyond" (PDF). University College London. Retrieved 2 May 2009. 
  6. ^ "The Chilver Report: Unity and Diversity". Irish Educational Studies. Retrieved 2 May 2009. 
  7. ^ McKeown, Pat (25 July 2012). "Lord Chilver obituary". London: The Guardian. Retrieved 12 May 2013. 
  8. ^ Clapson (2004) p.54
  9. ^ "5. Rob Margetts". London: Times Online. 2 November 2004. Retrieved 2 May 2009. 
  10. ^ a b "25 Feb 1993 UK: Appointment at RJB Mining". EMAP. 25 February 1993. Retrieved 2 May 2009. 
  11. ^ The London Gazette: no. 47601. p. 8920. 25 July 1978. Retrieved 30 May 2009.
  12. ^ "Honorary Graduates 1981 – 1990". University of Leeds. Retrieved 2 May 2009. 
  13. ^ "Part1 – 2005" (PDF). University of Strathclyde. 2005. Retrieved 2 May 2009. 
  14. ^ The London Gazette: no. 50999. p. 9151. 17 July 1987. Retrieved 30 May 2009.
  15. ^ "Lord Chilver (Hansard, 15 July 1987)". Hansard. Retrieved 2 May 2009. 
  16. ^ "Christopher Grigson – Obituaries". London: The Independent. 25 April 2001. Retrieved 4 May 2009. 

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