David John Wheeler. 9 February 1927 — 13 December 2004

Martin Campbell-Kelly

Elected FRS 1981

Abstract

David Wheeler's scientific career was unusual. He was not the architect of a grand project, nor did he become a senior scientific administrator. Instead, his career had an unusually level trajectory. His individual style of working barely changed in half a century, from research student to professor emeritus. Apart from a few sabbatical leaves, his whole working life took place in the Mathematical (later Computer) Laboratory at Cambridge University.