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Lord Wilson of Rievaulx

Chancellor 1966 - 1985

In a widely-quoted speech made before he became Prime Minister, Harold Wilson emphasised that the future of Britain was being forged "in the white heat of technology", and to bring this about it was necessary to educate many more scientists. His close involvement with the University of Bradford as the first Chancellor was one of the ways in which he helped to make this a reality.

He guided the University from its inception in 1966 until it became one of the country's leading technological institutions, respected nationally and internationally.

Throughout his 19 years as Chancellor, Lord Wilson rarely missed the degree congregations and personally conferred over 21,000 degrees.

He was invariably present at major functions and impressed many by the depth and breadth of his knowledge of the University.