[Norman] Alan Burges, CBE, MSc, PhD, FLS, the first Vice-Chancellor,
New University of Ulster, Coleraine, Northern Ireland, 1966-76, &
Professor of Botany, University of Liverpool, 1952-66, died in
hospital, 4 October, 2002. He was 91.
He was born 5 August, 1911, the son of Lieut. A.C. Burges, East
Maitland, New South Wales, and was educated at Sydney University;
Emmanuel College, Cambridge.
Career: Research Fellow, Emmanuel College, 1938; served in War 1939-45
RAF Bomber Command, and was mentioned in despatches. Professor of
Botany, Sydney University, 1947-52; Dean of the Faculty of Science and
Fellow of the Senate, Sydney 1949-52; Holbrook Gaskell Professor of
Botany, Univ. of Liverpool, 1952-66; Acting Vice-Chancellor, 1964-5;
Pro-Vice Chacnellor, 1965-66; Hon. General Secretary ANZAAS, 1947-52;
President British Ecological Society, 1958,1959; British Mycological
Soc., 1962; Member, Committee, Nature Conservancy England, 1959-66;
Member, Waste Management Advisory Council; Joint Editor, Flora Europea
Project from 1956; Chairman, Northern Ireland Advisory Council for
Education, 1966-75; Chairman, Ulster American Folk Park, 1975-88;
Northern Ireland American Bicentennial Committee, 1975-77; Scots Irish
Trust, 1977-92; Chairman, National Trust Northern Ireland Committee,
Professor Burges, of Semley, Wiltshire, married in 1940, Florence
Evelyn Moulton, by whom he had three daughters, Judith, Jennifer and
He was appointed CBE in 1980.