David Randall Pye

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

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

Pye was appointed CB in the 1937 Coronation Honours. 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.[citation needed] David Pye was 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

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  1. ^ Saunders, O. A. (1961). "David Randall Pye. 1886-1960". Biographical Memoirs of Fellows of the Royal Society. 7: 198–205. doi:10.1098/rsbm.1961.0015.
  2. ^ "The Oxford Dictionary of National Biography". 2004. doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/35636. Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  3. ^ Lockspeiser, B. E. N. (1960). "Sir David Pye, C.B., F.R.S". Nature. 186 (4723): 433. doi:10.1038/186433a0.
  4. ^ "Dr. D. R. Pye, C.B., F.R.S". Nature. 150 (3812): 600–600. 1942. doi:10.1038/150600a0.
  5. ^ British sculpture in the 21st century – William Pye Archived 2 June 2009 at the Wayback Machine.
  6. ^ William Pye – water sculpture.

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