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07 August 2020

In memory of Alan Pears

King's College London is saddened to report the death of Alan Pears, Emeritus Reader in the Department of Mathematics.

Alan Pears

Alan joined the QEC Mathematics Department in 1963 and moved to King's in 1985 when the King's/QEC/Chelsea merger took place.

His research was in topology and his most important contribution was a well-received monograph Dimension Theory of General Spaces, published by Cambridge University Press in 1975.

Alan was a well-respected Deputy Head of Department in the early 1990's at what was a difficult time. His chief involvement in the London Mathematical Society was between 1983-1992. During those years he was a member of the LMS Council and of its General Purposes and Programme Committees and held the key post of Meetings and Membership Secretary. This was a major commitment and, when he finally stepped down, the President and the Past President wrote a joint note of appreciation in the LMS Newsletter describing him as "one of the major forces behind the Society over the last decade."