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A snapshot of 1983

In this year at Warwick:

  • Mike Shattock became registrar on 1st October, He succeeded Mr. Adrian Rowe-Evans.
  • The University Science Park's Incubator Building was opened.
  • Sir Keith Joseph, Secretary of State for Education visits Warwick in November and receives a hostile reception from the students who disagree with the government’s education policy.

  • Honorary Graduates for this year: Dame Elizabeth Frink (awarded Doctor of Letters), Riccardo Muti (awarded Doctor of Letters), Sir Clive M Sinclair (awarded Doctor of Science)83.183


Ian Howard was born in Aberdeen. He was captivated by Italian Quattrocento artists such as Piero della Francesca and their dedication to perspective and measurement.

By placing objects in unnerving relation to each other within a composition, Howard creates 'visual puzzles' which challenge our sense of space. The towers in this picture inhabit a fantastical world that refers to the architecture and scientific enquiry of classical antiquity and the Renaissance.

And in the world:

  • More than 125 million viewers tune in to the last episode of M*A*S*H.
  • The first commercial cellular telephone call was made.
  • Vanessa Williams becomes the first African-American to be crowned Miss America, in Atlantic City, New Jersey
  • Martin Luther King Day: At the White House Rose Garden, U.S. President Ronald Reagan signs a bill creating a federal holiday on the third Monday of every January to honor American civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr.


Professor Mike Shattock, Registrar of University of Warwick 1983 - 1999.


Ian Howard | Towers