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Name: Alan Wilson  
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Date of Birth: 4th July 1943
Place of Birth: Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Profession: Composer
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Sir Alan G. Wilson is a British scientist and social scientist.

He was educated at Queen Elizabeth Grammar School, Darlington and Corpus Christi College, Cambridge where he read Mathematics.

He converted in the 1960s from theoretical physics to the social sciences through research on the mathematical modelling of cities (working in Oxford and London). From 1961-64, he was a Scientific Officer in the Theoretical Physics Group at the Rutherford Laboratory; from 1964 - 66, a Research Officer at the Institute of Economics and Statistics in the University of Oxford; from 1968-70, Mathematical Adviser and Head of the Mathematical Advisory Group, Ministry of Transport; and also from 1968 - 70, Assistant Director of the Centre for the Environment Studies. He was appointed Professor of Urban and Regional Geography at the University of Leeds in 1970, Pro-Vice-Chancellor in 1989 and has been Vice Chancellor since 1991. He is a Fellow of the British Academy.

Sir Alan stepped down in May after 13 years as Vice-Chancellor of the University of Leeds. During his time the University underwent unprecedented growth and transformation. Student numbers increased from 12,000 to 31,500, turnover increased from £100m to £320m and research income increased by more than 400% to £71m. Nearly 1,000 of the University’s researchers now work in 5 or 5* rated departments.

His knowledge of the university sector, led to his appointment as first director general for higher education by the UK Government, a post which he took up part-time in February 2004 and full-time on 1 June. In this role, he is a key adviser to Charles Clarke and plays a critical role in the government’s drive to widen participation in higher education and maintain a world-class education system. Sir Alan was awarded the Laureat d’Honneur by the International Geographical Union and the 2004 Prize in Regional Science by the European Regional Science Association.

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