Academic Year 1996/97
The University has been pleased to welcome the following Honorary Graduands in the academic year 1996/97:
Mr Henry John Bragg FPS
Henry John Bragg, born in Torquay and educated at Torquay Grammar School, became a qualified pharmacist at the Chelsea School of Pharmacy (now King’s College, University of London), a member of the Pharmaceutical Society in 1950 and a Fellow in 1951. He also obtained the Pharmaceutical Society’s Diploma in Bio-Chemical Analysis in 1953.
He joined Glaxo in 1953 and in 1955 moved to Pfizer at Sandwich where he set up their first Pharmaceutical Development Unit outside the United States. He was subsequently appointed to the Board and became Pharmaceutical Sales and Marketing Director, then General Manager of the Company’s European Chemical Division. In 1970 he was made Managing Director of Calor Gas (UK) and, in 1978, became Group Managing Director and Chief Executive. In 1980, he was appointed to the Board of Imperial Continental Gas Association - Calor’s parent company.
He retired in 1986 and, in the same year was appointed Chairman of the Canterbury and Thanet Health Authority. In 1994 his responsibilities were extended when he was made Chairman of the East Kent Health Authority which was formed from the amalgamation of the Canterbury and Thanet and South East Kent Health authorities.
He was Mayor of Sandwich from 1989 to 1992. He is currently a Sandwich Town Councillor and Dover District Councillor and a member of the Governing Body of Canterbury Christ Church College.