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University of Hertfordshire laboratories opened in honour of Harpenden engineer

PUBLISHED: 11:07 10 April 2019 | UPDATED: 11:07 10 April 2019

Amanda Baker, Libby Calder, Helen Calder and friends of the Calder family from Harpenden with University of Hertfordshire staff Professor Quintin McKellar, Les Mitchell, Andreas Chrysanthou and Sufyan Akram. Picture: Simon Wright Photography

Amanda Baker, Libby Calder, Helen Calder and friends of the Calder family from Harpenden with University of Hertfordshire staff Professor Quintin McKellar, Les Mitchell, Andreas Chrysanthou and Sufyan Akram. Picture: Simon Wright Photography

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A Harpenden widow donated money to the University of Hertfordshire to open two science and engineering laboratories in memory of her husband.

The Duncan Calder Virtual Engineering Laboratory and the Duncan Calder Materials Microscopy Laboratory opened last week, and are named in honour of university alumnus Duncan Calder, who died in 2015.

His widow Libby made the donation from Duncan’s estate, and it has also been used to fund two PhD scholarships and has transformed the School of Engineering and Technology’s research capacity.

The university’s science and engineering students now have a virtual environment in which to design cars and planes and solve complex engineering problems.

Duncan Calder attended the university from 1953 to 1954, when it was Hatfield Technical College, after joining the de Havilland Aircraft Company. He was one of the college’s first students studying engineering science, practical mathematics and engineering drawing.

He went on to establish a successful manufacturing company in Harpenden, where he lived with his family, producing machines for the photographic and film industry.

Rodney Day, dean of the School of Engineering and Technology, said: “Mrs Calder’s hugely generous donation in the name of her husband has ensured that hundreds of engineering undergraduates and research students will benefit from an incredible educational experience and enhanced employability through access to these two new state of the art laboratories.

“Her gift will enable the University to create the next generation of scientists and engineers from Hertfordshire and beyond.”

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