Elected: 1979
Discipline: Engineering
Dr Adam Matthew Neville CBE MC TD FREng FRSE

Former Principal and Vice-Chancellor, University of Dundee.

The RSE, Scotland and global engineering lost one of its most eminent and intellectually able Civil Engineers when Adam Neville died on 6th October 2016 at the age of 93. He was a cerebral challenger, champion and character, full of zest for life, who set himself the highest standards of excellence in application, action and achievement in all that he sought to do. His persona was doubtless shaped by his early life-hood challenges as a young Polish teenager caught up in the tempestuous times of early World War II. At the age of 16, he was imprisoned in a Russian prison, sent to a Siberian Labour camp, joined the Free Polish Forces in 1941 and was decorated with the Cross of Monte Cassino and the Polish Cross of Valour for gallantry and exceptional courage. He never shrank from adversity or a challenge, but away from it all there was a loyal family man with a dedicated and wonderful wife Mary, an academic in her own right, and his companion as his long career moved onwards and upwards in engineering, business and academia, in the UK and globally. Read full obituary