Professor Glyn O. Phillips (1927-2020)
Professor Glyn O. Phillips was born and brought up in Rhosllannerchrugog near Wrexham in North Wales, UK. Glyn was the son of a coal miner who became a Professor of Chemistry, being distinguished both as a scientist and as a leading figure at Higher Education Institutions around the world. He was the author of over 600 academic papers as well as author/editor of 43 books.
Glyn graduated from Bangor University with a first-class honours degree in chemistry, where he also received a PhD and DSc for his research into carbohydrates. He was appointed as a lecturer in chemistry at University College Cardiff in 1954 and became Professor of Chemistry at the University of Salford in 1967. In 1970 he went to Nigeria to establish the University of Benin and was its first Vice Chancellor. He subsequently also set up research centres in both North Wales and China.
Glyn’s academic focus was on hydrocolloids, particularly on food hydrocolloids and medically related biopolymers of connective tissue, including hyaluronan. He was a long-standing collaborator and friend of Endre Balazs, and was involved in the production of HYLAN, an FDA approved product that was used for the replacement of synovial fluid damaged by osteoarthritis. Glyn was one of the founding members of ISHAS and the organiser of an International HA meeting in Wrexham in 2000. Following in his footsteps, his son, Aled Phillips, initiated research into hyaluronan in kidney disease at the University of Cardiff.
More about Glyn’s life can be found in the following links: https://www.wcia.org.uk/wcia-news/tribute-glynophillips/ and https://www.learnedsociety.wales/fellow/glyn-o-phillips/