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New Master of Van Mildert College Announced

(30 June 2011)

Van Mildert College is delighted to announce the appointment of a new Master of the College.

David Harper, Professor of Palaeontology at the University of Copenhagen and Head of Geology at the Natural History Museum of Denmark,  will take up the appointment (subject to contract) from 1st November 2011, following my retirement on 30th September 2011. David will be taking up residence with his wife, Maureen, in the Master's House.

David was born in Edinburgh and graduated from Imperial College, London. He did a Ph.D. at Queen's University, Belfast, and started his academic career in the University of Oslo. He has since held posts in the University of Dundee and at University College, Galway, where he spent 14 years, before moving to Copenhagen in 1998. David has a distinguished research career and he is the Past President of the International Palaeontological Association. He will combine the role of Master with a chair in the Department of Earth Sciences.

David takes over as Master of our thriving community at a very exciting time in the College's development as it looks forward to celebrating its Jubilee in 2015. I am confident that you will give him and Maureen the warmest of welcomes and that you will be as generous in your support of him as you have been to me over the last 7 years.

Patrick O'Meara
Master of Van Mildert College & Professor of Russian
Durham University