The John S. Archer Endowment Fund

John S. Archer

On December 9 2007, Professor John Stuart Archer CBE, BSc (Hons), DIC, PhD, FRSE, FREng passed away, losing his battle against cancer.  His obituary contains what must be the most succinct and poignant summary of John, as we all knew him: “After all is said and done, it’s his personal legacy of dealing with and helping people that shines the most.”

After all is said and done, it’s his personal legacy of dealing with and helping people that shines the most."

We are a group of ten of John’s ex-students and we felt strongly that his legacy needs to live on so we founded the John S. Archer Scholarship Fund in the Department of Earth Science and Engineering at Imperial College London, providing support for PhD students.

It is our objective to raise a fund of at least £250,000 in order to support scholarship opportunities in perpetuity so that John’s name lives on forever. It is to this end that we ask you to show your generosity and contribute to this worthy cause.

We have already grown the capital of the fund to allow for a number of smaller awards to be made. The first award was made in October of 2009 to a deserving young PhD student from Thailand with the second award, in October of 2010, going to a mature PhD student from Serbia. John’s wife, Lesley, presented the awards on both of these occasions. More recently we have also been able to support Matthew Reeve and Chandra Taposeea, two PhD students with bright futures ahead of them. It was very gratifying to hear from the recipients how much this award meant to them and their resulting commitment to be an inspiration to other students.

Will you join us in supporting this fund raising? However much you can give will go directly towards supporting deserving students in John’s name. John affected many of our lives in one way or another and this is a wonderful way of honouring his work. You can find details of how to make your donation below.

If you work for a company whose success John has facilitated in one way or another and you are willing to discuss a possible corporate donation, please get in touch.

We thank you, in advance for your generosity.

Omar Abu-elbashar (PhD, 1990), Ali Al-Gheithy (PhD, 1993), HE Mohammed Al-Rumhy (PhD, 1990), Fernando Alves (MSc, 1982), Ivor Ellul (PhD, 1987), Pauly Enwere (PhD, 1991), Alex Folefac (PhD 1988), Xudong Jing (PhD, 1990), Rashed Noman (PhD, 1987), James Wang (PhD, 1992)

John Archer Endowment

How to contribute

Ways to give

  • Give online: Go directly to our online giving facility and make sure that ‘John Archer Scholarship Fund’ is selected from the drop down menu
  • Give in person: Please contact Kathryn McNeill, Development Manager for the Faculty of Engineering: Email Kathryn or telephone +44 (0)20 7594 9585

Should you have any questions, feel free to contact Kathryn McNeill, as above, or members of the Group of Ten Ivor Ellul or Xudong Jing.

Message from Martin Blunt

Dear Colleagues,


The John Archer Scholarship Fund was established by a group of his former PhD students in honour of Prof. Archer, former Professor of petroleum engineering and Dean of the Royal School of Mines, as well as Vice-Chancellor of Heriot-Watt University.

The purpose of the fund is to endow a scholarship, inspired by John’s own generosity towards his students, to support good PhD students in Petroleum Engineering who face financial difficulties. We would like this to become the principal vehicle through which the Department is able to support our most able and deserving PhD students.

Please join me in making a donation to the Fund in memory of John Archer.

Yours sincerely,

Prof. M J Blunt
Imperial College London