David Allan Rees

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Sir Dai Rees FRS
Born David Allan Rees
(1936-04-28) 28 April 1936 (age 82)[1]
Alma mater University College of North Wales, Bangor (BSc, PhD)
Myfanwy Margaret Parry Owen (m. 1959)
Scientific career

Sir David Allan "Dai" Rees, FRS (born 28 April 1936)[3] is a retired British biochemist and science administrator who was chief executive of the Medical Research Council between 1987 and 1996.[1]

Early life and education[edit]

Rees was born in Silloth, Cumberland[3] but educated in Wales: he attended Hawarden Grammar School[1][4] and received his BSc and PhD degrees in chemistry from University College of North Wales, Bangor.[5]


Rees was a lecturer in chemistry at the University of Edinburgh from 1960 until 1970, researching carbohydrate conformation and structure.[2][6] He then joined Unilever, where he rose to become Principal Scientist. He left in 1982 to become director of the National Institute for Medical Research before serving as chief executive of the Medical Research Council from 1987 to 1996. He was president of the European Science Foundation between 1994 and 1999.[3]

Honours and awards[edit]

In 1970, Rees was awarded both the Carbohydrate Chemistry Award by the Chemical Society and the Colworth Medal by the Biochemical Society.[2] He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society (FRS) in 1981 and delivered the Royal Society's Philips Lecture in 1984. He was knighted in the 1993 Birthday Honours.[3] He was one of the 58 founding fellows of the Learned Society of Wales in 2010.[7]


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  2. ^ a b c Rees, DA (1972). "Shapely polysaccharides: The eighth Colworth Medal Lecture". Biochemical Journal. 126 (2): 257–273. doi:10.1042/bj1260257. PMC 1178377. PMID 4561024.
  3. ^ a b c d "Sir Dai Rees, FRS". Debrett's People of Today. Retrieved 28 December 2013.
  4. ^ "Honorary degrees at Leicester University" (PDF). Leicester University Bulletin. April 1997. p. 18.
  5. ^ "Sir Dai Rees". The Irish Times. 13 October 2003.
  6. ^ "Sir Dai Rees FRS FMedSci FLSW". Fellows directory. Academy of Medical Sciences.
  7. ^ "Founding Fellows". The Learned Society of Wales. Retrieved 28 December 2013.