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Sir Alan Cottrell (centre) with Prof Graeme Davies (left) and Sir Anthony Kelly (right)Our goal has been to establish in perpetuity a Professorship of Materials Science in memory of Sir Alan Cottrell. This Professorship will be the University’s recognition of the important contributions that Sir Alan made to science, engineering and public policy. The funds raised in this Appeal will assist in establishing the Professorship and in supporting the research of the Cottrell Professor.

In February 2012 we had the very sad news of Sir Alan’s death, aged aged 92. For more details on his life, please read the tribute compiled by some who had the pleasure of working with him. This document was circulated at the Memorial Service for Sir Alan, held in Great St Mary’s church, Cambridge on 9th June 2012.


  • Tribute - prepared by his close colleagues
  • Eulogy - given at his Memorial Service by Sir Graeme Davies
  • Obituary - Lindsay Greer

A number of fundraising events for this fund were hosted here in the UK and in the U.S.A.

A video includes an introduction by Professor Lindsay Greer and featuring Sir Alan Cottrell, Sir Graeme Davies and Professor Tony Kelly.

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