Emeritus Professor Garth Dales

Colleagues will be sorry to learn of the death, on 8 October 2022, of Emeritus Professor Garth Dales, former Professor of Pure Mathematics.

After an initial lectureship at the University of Glasgow, and following one year’s visiting professorship at the University of California in Los Angeles, Garth was recruited to Leeds in 1974. In a distinguished career he was promoted to Reader in Analysis in 1980, and Professor of Mathematics in 1986. His efficiency in administration was soon recognised, and he served as Head of the Department of Pure Mathematics on two occasions: from 1988 to 1991, and from 2000 to 2003, and was a previous Chair of the Research Committee. He retired from Leeds in October 2011, at which time he was awarded the title and status of Emeritus Professor.  

He took a part-time position at the University of Lancaster, retiring from there in 2021.  He was highly visible nationally (LMS Whitehead prize-winner 1980, served on LMS Council, many other roles). Most recently he had been BLMS obituaries editor, a role he ceased in July. He remained an active and important researcher to very nearly the end, submitting his last book for publication in summer this year, despite the diagnosis of motor neuron disease in February.

The funeral service will be held at 12 noon on Tuesday 8 November 2022 at St Andrew's United Reformed Church, Shaftesbury Avenue, Roundhay, Leeds, LS8 1DS, on which day the flag on the Parkinson Building will be flown at half-mast in Garth’s memory.

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