Graeme Davies

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Graeme (John) Davies
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Sir Graeme J Davies
Born 7 April 1937
New Zealand
Residence United Kingdom
Nationality New Zealand
Fields Materials engineering, Metallurgy
Institutions University of Liverpool,
University of Glasgow,
University of London
Alma mater University of Auckland
St Catharine's College, Cambridge
Known for his pioneering work merging the polytechnic and university sectors in the United Kingdom and establishing the Higher Education Funding Council for England, and for his leadership of the leading universities of Liverpool, Glasgow and London.

Sir Graeme (John) Davies, FREng,[1] FRSNZ, FRSE (born 7 April 1937) is a New Zealand engineer, academic and administrator. He is a former Vice-Chancellor of three universities: the University of Liverpool, the University of Glasgow and the University of London.[2]

Early life

He is the son of Harry John Davies and Gladys Edna Davies (née Pratt). He was born in New Zealand and attended Mount Albert Grammar School in Auckland. He later attended the University of Auckland when he obtained a BE in Aeronautical Engineering and PhD in Materials Science. He then attended St Catharine's College, Cambridge obtaining an MA and ScD.[2]


Davies has taught metallurgy at the University of Auckland (1964–66), the University of Cambridge (1966-77) and the University of Sheffield (1978–86) where he was Professor of Metallurgy.

He has served as Chief Executive of the Universities Funding Council (UFC), and also of the Polytechnic and Colleges Funding Council (PCFC), and then of their successor, the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE).

He is also a Fellow[1] of the Royal Academy of Engineering[1] and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh and an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand.

He became an Honorary Fellow of St Catharine's College, Cambridge in 1989.[2] Davies also served as the Chairman of Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS), Ltd.

He is currently the Emeritus Vice Chancellor of the University of London. He is also the Chairman of the British University of Vietnam, the Foundation for Liver Research, and the NZ-UK Link Foundation, Governor of the University of Lincoln, the University of Hertfordshire, the University of Seychelles, Taylor's University, the British Institute of Technology & E-Commerice, and the Public Interest Body of Pricewaterhouse Coopers.

Personal life

In 1959, he married Florence Isabelle Martin (who died in June 2014) and they had one son, Michael Allan Martin Davies, and one daughter, Helena Anne Davies. He was knighted in 1996.[2]

He is a World Class New Zealander, unusually along with his son.


  • Solidification and Casting (1973)
  • Texture and the Properties of Materials (co-ed, 1976)
  • Solidificacao e Fundicao das Metals e Suas Ligas (jtly, 1978)
  • Hot Working and Forming Processes (co-ed, 1980)
  • Superplasticity (jtly, 1981)
  • Essential Metallurgy for Engineers (jtly, 1985)
  • Herding Cats (jtly, 2010)

See also


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  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 "DAVIES, Sir Graeme (John)", Who's Who 2013, A & C Black, Bloomsbury Publishing plc, 2013; online edn, Oxford University Press, Dec 2012 ; online edn, Nov 2012, retrieved 20 June 2013<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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Academic offices
Preceded by
Professor Robert Whelan
Vice-Chancellor of the University of Liverpool
Succeeded by
Professor Philip Love
Preceded by
Sir William Kerr Fraser
Principal and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Glasgow
Succeeded by
Sir Muir Russell
Preceded by
Professor Graham J Zellick CBE
Vice-Chancellor of the University of London
2003 – 2010
Succeeded by
Professor Geoffrey Crossick