Professor Anne Neville

Colleagues will be sorry to learn of the death of Professor Anne Neville on 2 July 2022. Anne was a former Professor of Tribology and Surface Engineering in the School of Mechanical Engineering.

Professor Anne Neville standing in a lab

She graduated with a BEng (1st Class Honours) and a PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Glasgow. She was appointed Lecturer at Heriot-Watt University immediately after her PhD in 1995, focussing her research on flow assurance in oil and gas. In 1999 she was promoted to Reader, and Professor in 2002, moving to Leeds in 2003 where she established a new Institute, the Institute of Functional Surfaces.  

Anne’s excellence in tribology and corrosion was recognised and evidenced by many awards including the Wolfson Merit (2013); Royal Society Leverhulme Medal (2016); OBE (2017); Honorary Engineering Doctorate from Heriot-Watt University (2017) and University of Glasgow (2019) and Royal Society Clifford Patterson Medal (2021).  In 2017 she achieved a lifetime ambition when elected as a fellow of the prestigious Royal Society (FRS).

Anne was a world leading researcher who positioned the University of Leeds at the forefront of research excellence in surface engineering.  At the time of her retirement in 2020, Anne was managing a research portfolio in excess of £10m with 62 current PhD students, 42 as primary supervisor and had successfully supervised 129 research students to completion.  

She was an unstoppable force of nature and her legacy will live on in the staff and students she has inspired and worked with.

Anne's funeral service will be held on Tuesday 26 July at 11.30am at the Pavilions of Harrogate. 

After the service, Anne's immediate family will leave for a short private cremation and are looking forward to rejoining everyone at the Pavilions for food, light refreshments and a drink. There is a large car park available on the site.    

Arrangements will be made to fly the flag on the Parkinson Building at half-mast in Anne’s memory. You can now read Anne’s obituary on the For Staff website.

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