Alan Vickers - Physics 1966 - 72
passed away on 5 November 2013.
Alan joined the Physics department run by Professor Burge as an undergraduate in October 1966 after being the first student at his school in Ipswich to get A level Physics.
He graduated in the summer of 1969 and was awarded the accolade of the best Physics degree in the whole of the University of London. This was testament to his hard work, dedication and intellect. Shortly after term finished he married his long time fiancée, Tina, who returned with him to London while he embarked on a PhD in UV Spectroscopy. He completed this 3 years later and decided to take a job with the MoD at Colchester so that he could bring up a family in Ipswich close to family and friends.
Alan was always calm and capable as is so often the case with someone with a strong intellect. He was always prepared to help others and made lifelong friends at QEC. Like many of us his appearance was influenced by the big social changes of the Sixties. A blow up from the 1968 college group photo is attached.
For the last years of his life Alan suffered from Alzheimer’s. At his humanist funeral his unique abilities were celebrated by some heart felt eulogies.
By David Fry (Physics Dept. 1966 - 1969)