Professor (Emeritus) James T. Guthrie (Jim)
Recently retired from full time teaching from The Department of Colour Science, School of Chemistry, The University of Leeds. Joined Leeds University in 1972, after 10 years in industry, whilst completing his GRIC (now GRSC) and his PhD in applied polymer science. Moved through the route of lecturer, senior lecturer and reader until his appointment to The Field Group Chair in Applied Polymer Science in 1994. The research work covered by his group have covered many facets of applied polymer science, being supported considerably by industrial sponsorships. He holds FTSC, FSTC, C.Chem awards. He has been a visiting professor at numerous overseas universities for his teaching and research involving polymer science and technology, both theoretical and practical aspects. He is the lead author of over 300 scientific publications and a number of texts, whilst being involved editorially in a number of scientific publication ventures. Jim has supervised over 70 PhD studentships and over 80 MSc project programmes. Some of Jim’s PhD students retired before he did!
Currently, in his capacity as Emeritus Professor, Jim is involved with several MSc research programmes and is an active participant, all based on effective industry-university links, thus continuing associations that have underpinned so much of his academic and industrial life. He has been, and is, an active supporter of OCCA, operating locally through WROCCA.
Jim has many times expressed the opinion that OCCA has played an important part in his middle to late career, perhaps initiated through his collaborations with Professor John Davison (a past president of OCCA). Some of these collaborations resulted in John being awarded his PhD by the University of Leeds, John working under Jim’s guidance
Jim has enjoyed/continues to enjoy a rewarding family life, supported continuously by his wife, Ivy. He is enjoying his “retirement”, stating that he has never been busier.