The John S. Archer Endowment Fund

John visiting Oman in 2006As you may be aware, Professor John Stuart Archer CBE, BSc (Hons), DIC, PhD, FRSE, FREng passed away on December 9, 2007 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.”

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

We have committed to fund a £50,000 scholarship over a period of ten years. 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 occasions. 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.

Our aim is now to turn the Fund into a perpetual endowment, and it is to this end that we ask you to show your generosity and contribute to this worthy cause. It is our objective to raise a fund of £250,000 in order to fund a scholarship of £10,000 per year in perpetuity so that John’s name lives on forever.

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 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, Ali Al-Gheithy, HE Mohammed Al-Rumhy, Fernando Alves, Ivor Ellul, Pauly Enwere, Alex Folefac, Xudong Jing, Rashed Noman, James Wang

John Archer Endowment

How the recipient is selected

The John Archer Scholarship is awarded each year to the best PhD student studying a petroleum-related subject in the Department of Earth Science and Engineering. The Scholarship is awarded in September or October each year. The award will be made to a student at least one year before graduation. The award is made on the basis of research excellence, and service to the scientific and wider community.  We solicit nominations in writing - a paragraph of text and an attached CV - from the student's supervisor. The selection is made by a panel comprising two Professors in the Department and two sponsors' representatives.

How to contribute

Ways to give

  • Give online: Go directly to our online giving facility
  • Give in person: Please contact Jan Cilliers j.j.cilliers@imperial.ac.uk or Daphne Salazard.salazar@imperial.ac.uk or tel+44(0)20 7594 7401 to make an appointment
  • Give by bank transfer: The College’s bank account details are as follows (Please quote reference “John Archer Scholarship”): 
      Bank:            National Westminster Bank PLC
                          18 Cromwell Road
                          South Kensington, London SW7 2LB
      Sort Code:    51-50-01
      Account:       00 60 00 32
      Name:          Imperial College London
      Swift Code:   NWBKGB2L
      IBAN:           GB67NWBK51500100600032

Should you have any questions, feel free to contact Caroline Baugh  at c.baugh@imperial.ac.uk, Ivor Ellul at iellul@knowledge-reservoir.com or Xudong Jing at x.d.jing@shell.com]

Message from Martin Blunt

Dear Colleagues,

 

The John Archer Scholarship Fund was established two years ago 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 have already awarded the scholarship twice and plan a third award in September this year. We would like this to become a permanent scholarship, awarded once a year, that makes a major contribution to supporting the research of our most able and deserving PhD students.

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

There is further information on the Department’s website on John Archer and how to contribute to the fund. It you have any questions or would like to hear more about our teaching and research, please feel free to contact me.

Yours sincerely,

Prof. M J Blunt
Imperial College London
m.blunt@imperial.ac.uk

Past Award Winners

Professor Martin Blunt presenting Chandra Taposeea the 2013 John Archer Scholarship winner with her certificate and cheque.Professor Martin Blunt presenting Chandra Taposeea the 2013 John Archer Scholarship winner with her certificate and cheque.

The John Archer Scholarship Fund was established three years ago 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.