Elected F.R.S. 1986
Dennis Chapman was born on 6 May 1927 in Sunderland, County Durham, the only son of George and Katherine Chapman. His formative years were dominated by the hardships visited on working–class families living in the industrial north of England during the depression of the 1930s and the attentions paid to a major shipbuilding port by the Luftwaffe during the early phase of World War II. He attended Sunderland Junior Technical School from 1938 to 1943, where his parents expected him to learn a trade and make his own way in the world. He left at age 16 without any qualifications.