Remembering Dave Thompson, SciBar founder

With sadness we report the recent death of Dave Thompson from our sister SciBar in Knutsford. Dave founded the Knutsford SciBar almost 12 years ago, in November 2004. This was the first SciBar in the world – all SciBars are run locally by groups of volunteers. It was Dave who originated the SciBar ‘brand’ and he gained national recognition for this work via the British Science Association Sir Walter Bodmer Award in 2007. The award is given annually to an individual or group who has given outstanding support to the British Science Association as a volunteer. The photo shows Dave (on the right) receiving his award from Walter Bodmer himself.

In 2009, Dave helped launch Bollington SciBar by chairing the first ever session as part of the Bollington Festival. There are now at least 10 other SciBars in the North West, and many more in other parts of the country.

A colleague from Knutsford SciBar, said: “Dave’s ambition was to involve everyone, regardless of their level of understanding and knowledge.”

He will be sadly missed by many SciBar participants.

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