Terence Kealey

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George Terence Evelyn Kealey
Born (1952-02-16) 16 February 1952 (age 72)[2]
Alma materBalliol College, Oxford
Scientific career
InstitutionsUniversity of Buckingham
University of Cambridge
University of Oxford
ThesisStudies on actomyosin in rat parotid and on eccrine sweat glands (1982)
Doctoral advisorPhilip Randle[1]

George Terence Evelyn Kealey (born 16 February 1952) is a British biochemist who was Vice-Chancellor of the University of Buckingham,[2] 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][7][8]


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[1] 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,[9] 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.[10] 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 agrees with Kealey's criticism of the linear model but tries to support the value of state funding by the production of externalities.[11]

  • The economic laws of scientific research. London: Macmillan Press. 1996. ISBN 978-0-312-17306-7.
  • Sex, science and profits. London: William Heinemann. 2008. ISBN 978-0-434-00824-7.
  • Breakfast is a Dangerous Meal: Why You Should Ditch Your Morning Meal For Health and Wellbeing. London: Fourth Estate. 2016. p. 352. ISBN 978-0008172343. OCLC 994867927.

Advocacy of privatisation of higher education[edit]

In February 2010, Kealey proposed the establishment of a new independent university, modelled on American liberal arts colleges, which would concentrate on undergraduate teaching rather than research.[12] It was to be based at the disused Wye College in Kent, owned by Imperial College.[13] The plan was supported by the Headmasters' and Headmistresses' Conference (HMC), whose 243 members include independent schools such as Eton College, Winchester College and St Paul's School, London. Kealey believed that complaints about impersonal teaching and oversized classes at many traditional universities mean there would be strong demand for higher education with staff-student ratios similar to that provided by independent secondary schools.[14]


  1. ^ a b Kealey, Terence (1982). Studies on actomyosin in rat parotid and on eccrine sweat glands (DPhil thesis). University of Oxford.
  2. ^ a b "Kealey, Prof. (George) Terence (Evelyn), Who's Who 2012, A & C Black, 2012; online edn, Oxford University Press, Dec 2011 ; online edn".(subscription required)
  3. ^ "News from the Foundation Office" (PDF). University of Buckingham. Autumn 2007. Retrieved 12 April 2013.
  4. ^ Kealey, T. (2008). "Science is not a public good: it is an invisible college good". Nanotechnology Perceptions. 4 (2): 98–100.
  5. ^ "SpotOn London 2012: Crowdfunded science – new opportunities or dangerous echo chamber? | SpotOn".
  6. ^ Peter Wilby (29 June 2010). "Terence Kealey, vice-chancellor of Buckingham and private university champion". The Guardian. Retrieved 20 March 2011.
  7. ^ Terence Kealey publications indexed by Microsoft Academic
  8. ^ Moriarty, P.; Kealey, T. (2010). "Public Science—Public Good?". Nanotechnology Perceptions. 6 (2): 75–83.
  9. ^ telegraph.co.uk: "How Margaret Thatcher transformed our universities" 8 Apr 2013
  10. ^ telegraph.co.uk: "Margaret Thatcher was wrong about one thing: science doesn't need Nobel prizes to thrive" 18 Jun 2014
  11. ^ Martin, Ben R.; Tang, Puay (September 2006). "The Benefits From Publicly Funded Research". Falmer, Brighton: SPRU – Science and Technology Research, University of Sussex. {{cite journal}}: Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  12. ^ Lucy Hodges (10 February 2010). "The Big Question: Should we encourage independent schools to set up a private university?". Independent. London. Archived from the original on 11 August 2022. Retrieved 17 March 2010.
  13. ^ New elite university planned to rival Oxbridge, Kent News, 11 February 2010
  14. ^ Sian Griffiths (7 February 2010). "Private schools plan to set up university". Sunday Times. London. Archived from the original on 16 July 2011. Retrieved 17 March 2010.{{cite news}}: CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link)
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