Posted on 2 August 2018
It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Professor Jim Matthew, Emeritus Professor in the Department of Physics. Jim was one of the founding lecturers in the Department of Physics, arriving at the University in 1965 at the time science started in York and was one of the pioneers who created the collaborative and collegial culture on which this University is founded. He was Head of the Department of Physics from 1987 – 1995 and served on many University Committees – culminating in assuming the role of Pro-Vice-Chancellor and the first Deputy Vice-Chancellor 1999-2001. In this period he was a founder member and Chair of the University Teaching Committee.
Jim was a passionate scientist, making insightful contributions in theoretical surface sciences, publishing over 200 papers and working closely with a wide range of international collaborators – many of whom regard him as their scientific mentor. Jim was just as passionate about teaching and communicating science – he chaired the University Open Course Committee for many years, leading later to the annual “Jim Matthew Lecture” being established in his honour. He created many innovative and hugely successful public lectures and dialogues – working with many different colleagues, being awarded the Institute of Physics Public Awareness of Physics Award in 2000. Jim’s enthusiasm, depth of insight, intellect and friendship was infectious and an inspiration to us all.