David Drewry


David Drewry
7th Vice-Chancellor University of Hull
In office
Preceded byDavid Dilks
Succeeded byCalie Pistorius

David John Drewry (born 22 September 1947, in Grimsby)[1][2] is a glaciologist and geophysicist who was described in the conferring of an honorary degree by Anglia Ruskin University in 1998 as having an "outstanding reputation as an eminent scientist of international repute".[3] Drewry has also received several awards for his work. Since 1 July 2015 he is the Vice-President of the European University Association.

Early life

Drewry was educated at Havelock Grammar School (now the Havelock Academy) in Grimsby.[4] He then studied at Queen Mary College in east London, graduating with a BSc in Geography in 1969.[5][6] He then studied in Cambridge, residing at Emmanuel College, Cambridge, and completed a PhD on Glaciology and Geophysics in 1974 with thesis titled Sub-ice relief and geology of East Antarctica.[5]


From 1978 to 1983, Drewry was a Senior Research Assistant at the Scott Polar Research Institute, and then Assistant Director of Research in 1983.[7] He was Director of the Scott Polar Research Institute from 1984 to 1987, and then Director of the British Antarctic Survey from 1987 to 1994.[5] He is an Honorary Fellow of Emmanuel College, Cambridge.[8]

He became the Vice-Chancellor Designate of the University of Hull in November 1999, being designated to take over on the planned retirement of the previous incumbent, David Dilks, in January 2000.[9] On 1 September 2009, he was succeeded by Calie Pistorius, formerly the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Pretoria.[10]

Awards and honours

Drewry has received several awards and honours for his work.[3][5]

Drewry Ice Stream in Ellsworth Land and Mount Drewry in the Queen Alexandra Range are named after him.

Personal life

Drewry is "married to Gillian Elizabeth and lives in East Yorkshire and London".[5]

References and notes

  1. ^ David J Drewry[permanent dead link], speaker biography for 2008 conference at Yorkshire Universities (Word document listed here Archived 29 September 2006 at the Wayback Machine), accessed 20 February 2010
  2. ^ 10 things we didn't know last week, BBC News Magazine Monitor on 22 September 2009 citing the Guardian for Drewry's birth date.
  3. ^ a b Professor David J Drewry Archived 24 February 2012 at the Wayback Machine, citation for Honorary Doctor of Science, 1998, Anglia Ruskin University, accessed 20 February 2010
  4. ^ Dr. David Drewry, speaker biography at a Physics Colloquia at the University of York in June 2001, accessed 20 February 2010
  5. ^ a b c d e Professor David Drewry, Emmanuel College listing of Fellows, accessed 20 February 2010
  6. ^ Professor David Drewry (Geography, 1969) Archived 22 November 2009 at the Wayback Machine, 'Alumni in the News' section of QM Alumni e-Newsletter Issue 15, August 2008, accessed 20 February 2010
  7. ^ Drewry, David John, A Cambridge Alumni Database, accessed 20 February 2010
  8. ^ Honorary Fellows Archived 7 June 2011 at the Wayback Machine, Emmanuel College listing, accessed 20 February 2010
  9. ^ On the move, Times Higher Education Supplement, 11 June 1999
  10. ^ Appointments, Times Higher Education Supplement, 12 March 2009

External links

  • David Drewry biography (from Emmanuel College, Cambridge)
  • Details of 1998 Honorary Doctor of Science degree (from Anglia Ruskin University - includes both biography and citation)
  • David Drewry biography (from European University Association)