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Sir Rex Edward Richards MA, DPhil, DSc, FRS, FRSC, Hon DSc (Exon), FBA (born 1922) is a British scientist and academic. He was the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Oxford and a director of the Leverhulme Trust.
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Richards completed his secondary schooling at Colyton Grammar School then proceeded on to St John's College, Oxford. After graduating with a first in 1945 and then a DPhil in 1948, Richards stayed at the University as a Fellow in Chemistry first at Lincoln College from 1947-64, then at Exeter College, later becoming Warden of Merton College. He also held the post of Vice Chancellor of the University from 1977-81 and was Director of IBM (UK) Ltd from 1978-83 and of the Leverhulme Trust from 1984-93. He was President of the Royal Society of Chemistry for two years and the Royal Society awarded him the Davy Medal in 1976 and the Royal Medal in 1986. Sir Rex has chaired numerous committees concerned with higher education, including an independent enquiry to investigate factors which might deter young doctors and dentists from choosing clinical academic careers. He was also Chancellor of the University of Exeter, from 1982 to October 1998.
A painted portrait of Sir Rex hangs in the Senate and Council Chamber, Northcote House, University of Exeter.
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