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Rex Richards

Rex Edward Richards

Born1922 (aged 84)
Colyton, Devon [1]
OccupationVice Chancellor of the University of Oxford, Chancellor of the University of Exeter
TitleMA, DPhil, DSc, FRS, FRSC, Hon DSc (Exon), FBA

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.

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.

Academic offices
Preceded by
Robin Harrison
Warden of Merton College, Oxford
Succeeded by
John Roberts
Preceded by
1st Viscount Amory
Chancellor of the
University of Exeter

Succeeded by
Lord Alexander of Weedon


  1. ^ GRO Register of Births: DEC 1922 5b 15 AXMINSTER - Rex E. Richards
NAME Richards, Rex Edward
SHORT DESCRIPTION Chemist, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Oxford, Chancellor of the University of Exeter
PLACE OF BIRTH Axminster, Devon

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