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Bernard Mouat Jones (c1883-1953), Vice-Chancellor of Leeds University

1953 Obituary [1]

We have learned with regret of the death of Dr. Bernard Mouat Jones, formerly Vice-Chancellor of Leeds University, which occurred suddenly on Friday last, September 11th, at Farnham, Surrey.

Dr. Mouat Jones, who was seventy, was born in London, and was educated at Dulwich College and at Balliol College, Oxford. He became a research assistant in mineralogical chemistry at the Imperial Institute in 1905, and a year later went to Lahore as Professor of Chemistry at the Government College.

He returned to this country in 1913 to take up an appointment as an Assistant Professor at the Imperial College.

During the first world war, Dr. Mouat Jones served with the London Scottish Regiment, and became assistant director at the G.H.Q. central laboratory. He was thrice mentioned in despatches and was awarded the D.S.O.

In 1919, Dr. Mouat Jones was appointed Professor of Chemistry and Director of the Edward Davies Laboratories at the University College of Wales, Aberystwyth, where he remained for the following two years.

In 1921 he became Principal of the Manchester College of Technology, an office which he relinquished in 1938 on being elected Vice-Chancellor of Leeds University.

Throughout his distinguished career, Dr. Mouat Jones took an important part in the development and improvement of technical education in this country.

He was a past chairman of the Association of Principals of Technical Institutions and a past-president of the Association of Technical Institutions, and during his years in Manchester served for a term as president of the Manchester literary and Philosophical Society. He was also a member of the Commission on Higher Education in West Africa, which was set up in 1944 and later served on committees on higher technological and commercial education set up by the Government in this country. Dr. Mouat Jones retired from the Vice-Chancellorship of Leeds University in 1948.

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