Twin success for geologist brothers
At the Degree Congregation on Friday 27 January at 4.00pm you may be forgiven for thinking you are seeing double, when Professor Derek Siveter, twin brother of Leicester’s own Professor David Siveter, will receive a DSc from the University of Leicester.
Both David and Derek are Leicester graduates. They read for BSc degrees in Geology and Geography, and then both took a PhD in palaeontology, supervised by the late Professor Peter Sylvester-Bradley, the first Professor of Geology at Leicester.
Their post-doctoral studies were carried out in different institutions. David remained at Leicester's Department of Geology, where he became Professor of Palaeontology, and Derek moved to Trinity College Dublin, ultimately becoming Professor and Curator of Geology at the University Museum of Natural History at Oxford.
Both of them retired at the end of September and continue their research in an Emeritus capacity. Now, they are probably also clocking up a first for twins to hold a Leicester DSc.
- Information on Graduation Ceremonies (from the Press Office)