David Calcutt

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David Calcutt
Born(1930-11-02)2 November 1930
Died11 August 2004(2004-08-11) (aged 73)
NationalityEnglish
Known forThe Calcutt Reports

Sir David Charles Calcutt QC (2 November 1930 – 11 August 2004) was an eminent barrister and public servant, knighted in 1991.[1] He was the Master of Magdalene College, Cambridge from 1985-94. He was also responsible for the creation of the Press Complaints Commission. He is buried in the churchyard of St Beuno's Church at Culbone, Somerset.

A chorister in the choir of Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford he attended Christ Church Cathedral School and then went on to Cranleigh School.[2] As an undergraduate at the University of Cambridge he was a choral scholar in the Choir of King's College, Cambridge.[2]

Calcutt was known throughout the 1980s and 1990s for preparing reports and inquiries into various areas of public life. he was asked to produce a report on a fire in the Falkland Islands in which eight people died, then soon afterwards to produce a report into the Cyprus Seven spy affair, in which seven servicemen were acquitted of having passed secrets to the Russians. He is most famous for suggesting the creation of the Press Complaints Commission in 1990, though he was later quite scathing about it describing it as

He was married to Barbara, a psychiatric worker, in 1969, and in later life, he developed Parkinson's disease, but he remained "cheerful and genial".[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Sir David Calcutt profile, The Guardian, 17 August 2004.
  2. ^ a b "Doyen of the Great and the Good". The Observer. 17 June 1990.
  3. ^ "Sir David Calcutt". The Times. 17 August 2004. Retrieved 22 March 2019.
  4. ^ "Sir David Calcutt". The Telegraph. 15 August 2004. Retrieved 22 March 2019.
Academic offices
Preceded by
Sir Derman Christopherson
Master of Magdalene College, Cambridge
1985–1994
Succeeded by
Sir John Gurdon