Authorised form of namePhillips; David Chilton (1924 - 1999); Baron Phillips of Ellesmere
Dates1924 - 1999
Place of birthEllesmere, Shropshire, England
Date of birth07/03/1924
Date of death23/02/1999
Church of England infants and elementary schools, Ellesmere; High School for Boys, Oswestry; University College, Cardiff. Graduated (1944, wartime degree; 1948 1st class Hons, Physics)
Royal Navy Radar Officer (World War II); demobilised (1947); research in X-ray crystallography (1948); National Research Laboratories, Ottawa, Canada: Post-doctoral Fellow, Crystallography Laboratory (1951-1953), Research Staff (1953-1955); invited at the suggestion of Dorothy Hodgkin (FRS 1947) to join Research Staff, Royal Institution; Professor of Molecular Biophysics, Oxford (1966); Member, Medical Research Council (MRC) (1974-1978); founder Chairman, Cell Biology and Disorders Board (1974-1976); Royal Society assessor on MRC (1978-1983); Chairman, Advisory Board for the Research Councils (1983-1993); resigned Chair (1990), after which it received an endowment and was renamed the David Phillips Professorship of Molecular Biophysics; non-executive director, Celltech (1982); Trustee, Wolfson Foundation (1988); editor, 'Biochemistry'; member, Davy-Faraday Laboratory Committee, Royal Institution, London; non-executive Chairman, Finsbury Communications
Kt 1979; KBE 1989; Baron 1994
Membership categoryFellow
Date of election16/03/1967
Age at election43
Royal Society activityRoyal Society roles:
Council: 1969-1970, 1971-1973, 1976-1983; VP 1972-1973, 1976-1983; Sec 1976-1983
Medals and prizes:
Royal Medal 1975
UK-Canada Rutherford 1990
RelationshipsSon of Charles Harry Phillips, master tailor and Methodist local preacher, and his wife Edith Harriet midwife and church organist, daughter of Samuel Finney MP; middle name was the maiden name of his mother's great grandmother; married (1960) Diana Kathleen Hutchinson, W L Bragg's secretary; one daughter
NCUACS 45/1/94. Papers deposited in the Bodleian Library, Oxford
Biographical Memoirs of Fellows of the Royal Society 2000 vol 46 pp 377-401, plate, by L N Johnson
D Blow and S Wallwork, 'Prehistory of the British Crystallographic Association' in NR 2004 vol 58 pp 177-186
Virtual International Authority File
Royal Society codeNA3606
Archives associated with this Fellow
Reference numberTitleDate
EC/1967/20Phillips, David Chilton: certificate of election to the Royal Society
PB/1/21Photocopies of letters of biographical interest. The originals are held by Lady Blackett. Some other photcopies have been distributed to the appropriate folders (see A.11, A.14, A.17, A.24, A.34)
IM/GA/JGRS/8308/17Phillips, Sir David Chilton1983
MS/909/4Letters to Keith Dalziel1983-1988
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