Terence Kealey

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George Terence Evelyn Kealey
Born (1952-02-16) February 16, 1952 (age 65)[1]
Institutions University of Buckingham
University of Cambridge
University of Oxford
Alma mater Balliol College, Oxford
Thesis Studies on actomyosin in rat parotid and on eccrine sweat glands (1982)
Doctoral advisor P.J. Randle[2]
Spouse Sally[3]

George Terence Evelyn Kealey (born 16 February 1952) is a British biochemist who was Vice-Chancellor of the University of Buckingham,[1] a private university in Britain. He was appointed Professor of Clinical Biochemistry in 2011. Prior to his tenure at Buckingham, Kealey lectured in clinical biochemistry at the University of Cambridge. He is well known for his outspoken opposition to public funding of science.[4][5][6]


Kealey was educated at Charterhouse School, completed his degrees of Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery and Bachelor of Science in biochemistry at St Bartholomew's Hospital, then gained a Doctor of Philosophy degree from Balliol College, Oxford, in 1982[2] for a thesis on actomyosin in rat parotid and eccrine sweat glands.


Kealey occasionally writes pieces for the Daily Telegraph and is the author of several books on the economics of science. He has written about how Margaret Thatcher transformed Britain's universities and schools as Secretary of State for Education and Science from 1970 to 1974,[7] and has suggested that a debate with him in 1985 helped to shape her views on the Nobel Prize and the role of the state in sponsoring science.[8] He cites the economic study of the business of science by Angus Maddison, as well as a survey entitled The Sources of Economic Growth in OECD Countries (2003), which found that between 1971 and 1998 only privately funded research had stimulated economic growth in the world’s 21 leading industrialised countries. However, this theory has been challenged by a study which agree with Kealey's criticism of the linear model but try to support the value of state funding by the production of externalities.[9]

  • Terence Kealey (1996). The economic laws of scientific research. London: Macmillan Press. ISBN 0-312-17306-7. 
  • Terence Kealey (2008). Sex, science and profits. London: William Heinemann. ISBN 0-434-00824-9. 
  • Terence Kealey (2016). Breakfast is a Dangerous Meal: Why You Should Ditch Your Morning Meal For Health and Wellbeing. London: Fourth Estate. p. 352. ISBN 000817234X. 


Academic offices
Preceded by
Robert A. Pearce (acting)
Vice-Chancellor of the University of Buckingham
Succeeded by
Sir Anthony Seldon