Elected: 1977
Discipline: Informatics, Mathematics and Statistics
Professor Gary Francis Roach OStJ FRSE
Gary Francis Roach was born in South Wales on 8th October 1933. After a short spell in Persia, as it then was, the family returned to Britain at the outbreak of the Second World War and settled in Nottinghamshire, where Gary attended Southwell Minster School.

After gaining his BSc Honours degree in Mathematics and Physics from the University of Wales in 1955, he joined the Education Branch of the Royal Air Force, attaining the rank of Flight Lieutenant, before moving on, in 1958, to a post as Research Mathematician with the British Petroleum Company. While working for BP, he studied part-time at Birkbeck College in London and was awarded an MSc with distinction in 1960.

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