Professor Sir David J C MacKay (1967-2016)
Fellow, colleague and friend
David MacKay was a Fellow of Darwin College from 1992 until his death on 14th April.
Sir David first came to Cambridge as an undergraduate in 1985, studying natural sciences at Trinity College, before gaining a PhD from the California Institute of Technology. He was a true polymath who was first appointed a Cambridge University Professor of Physics at the young age of 36 in 2003, David was elected a fellow of the Royal Society in 2009, and was appointed as Chief Scientific Advisor to the Department of Energy and Climate Change in 2009 and made Regius Professor of Engineering after returning to Cambridge in 2014.
He was knighted for services to Scientific Advice in Government and Science Outreach in this year’s New Year honours, only a few months before his untimely death.
David had so much more to give and it is our intention to honour David's memory by establishing a David MacKay Research Fellowship to help young academics flourish and succeed as David did. This will be a lasting memorial to David's true brilliance that touched us all.
We are hoping to raise £25,000 and the good news is we have over £16,000 donated already. If you would like to give please do so via our Just Giving page and thank you!