Dr Michael Phillips

Posted by crm28 at Aug 07, 2017 11:23 AM |
The University is saddened to hear of the passing of long-serving mathematics lecturer, Dr Michael Phillips.

Dr Michael Phillips, who worked as lecturer in the Department of Mathematics at the University for 43 years and retired in 2011,  passed away on Thursday 20 July after a short illness. His funeral will take place on Tuesday 8 August at 12.30pm at the Church of St James the Greater on London Road.

Dr Phillips was a graduate of Imperial College London where he received both a BSc and PhD. Michael led the statistics teaching in the majority of the time I have been in Leicester, with a particular emphasis on medical applications. He taught on the MSc in Medical Statistics from the early 1980s when the course was set up and based in the Maths department at the University of Leicester but run jointly with Leicester Polytechnic.  He had a major role in teaching, project supervision and developing the course and continued to provide valuable support when the course moved from the Maths department to the Department of Epidemiology & Public Health (now Health Sciences).  Several senior academic and research statisticians in the Department of Health Sciences collaborated with him in teaching on the MSc and many were taught by Michael.  He regularly attended the medical statistics seminars and meetings up until his retirement and we held a retirement celebration for him which was attended by many of the statisticians from Health Sciences.

Dr Phillips was an enthusiastic tennis player and member of the Leicestershire Lawn Tennis Club. He was keen to share his knowledge of architecture and served as a guide at the Leicester Cathedral. He was often seen at musical events at De Montfort Hall, Covent Garden and further afield at the great Opera houses of Europe.

  • Obituary written by Professor Alex Clark, Head of the Department of Mathematics.

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