Anthony Kelly was a physicist turned materials scientist and a Vice Chancellor with a penetrating mind, tremendous energy and formidable powers of organizational engagement with both people and data. A deep understanding of the strength of materials, building up from metal crystals and their imperfections through ceramic materials, brought him into the burgeoning field of composites. In this subject, through his own pioneering research, comprehensive knowledge and long-standing inspirational role, he was a seminal figure. Through challenging times he was a very successful, reforming and long-serving Vice Chancellor at the University of Surrey and the mainspring in setting up their Research Park. Remarkably, however, he kept his own research going and continued to be very active long after his retirement, stimulating colleagues of all ages and lighting up with his interventions many a scientific meeting or more general encounter.
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