Dr Paul Kent 1923 - 2017

Memorial Service for the late Dr Paul Kent

At 2.30pm on Friday 23rd February 2018, a Memorial Service will be held at Christ Church Cathedral for the late Dr Paul Kent, formerly Dr Lee's Reader in Chemistry at the University of Oxford and President of Van Mildert College, Durham. The service will be followed by a reception in the Great Hall. All are welcome.

Paul Kent was born in Doncaster in 1923. He attended Doncaster Grammar School before studying at Birmingham University, where he was awarded a BSc in 1944 and a PhD in 1947. After spending a year at Princeton, he came to Oxford as a University Demonstrator in Biochemistry associated with Jesus College. He joined Christ Church in 1955 initially as a Lecturer, then a Student and Tutor and, in 1956, Dr Lee’s Reader in Chemistry. He left Oxford in 1972 to become Master of Van Mildert College at Durham University, a position which he held until his retirement in 1982. During his time at Christ Church Dr Kent played a major role in the establishment of the Graduate Common Room.

After retirement Dr Kent moved back to Oxford and continued to take a lively interest in the college and its history, producing monographs on the “History of Science at Christ Church” and “Einstein in Oxford” and co-authored a book marking the tercentenary of the publication of Robert Hooke’s Micrographia. He gave two talks to the Senior Common Room: "Scientists in the Life of Christ Church" and "Christ Church and the Industrial Age".

Dr Kent’s research focussed on aspects of carbohydrate chemistry and, in his retirement, there was renewed interest in his work on fluorinated carbohydrates as a result of which he received a number of invitations to international conferences.

Paul Kent, born 1923; died 7 March 2017