Elliott Jaques (1917-2003), psychologist and psychoanalyst, was born in Canada and graduated from the University of Toronto. He gained a PhD in Social Relations from Harvard University. He served in the Canadian Army Medical Corps during World War II, acting as liaison to the British Army War Office Psychiatry Division. He remained in England where he became a founding member of the Tavistock Institute and in 1964 created the School of Social Sciences at Brunel University.
Professor Jacques authored over 20 books and was the originator of concepts such as corporate culture', 'mid-life crisis', 'fair pay', 'maturation curves' and 'time span of discretion'.
A collaborator with Wilfred Brown in The Glacier Project, he called his work Social Analysis, a starting condition being 'a willingness to go deeply into organisational questions, to get behind the facade, to give up organisational and management clichés and to seek reality based solutions'.
John Gardiner was born in 1936. Educated at Brighton Technical College and at the LSE, he served as an economist with the Prudential Assurance Company, wrote the Lex column for the Financial Times and became Chief Executive and, later, Chairman of the Laird Group.
He was Chair of Brunel Council between 1980 and 1984 and was instrumental in the establishment of the Brunel Science Park. In 1988 he became a non-executive Director of Tesco and was Chairman between 1997 and 2004, a period of spectacular growth and success for the UK's leading retail company.
Peter Russell was born in 1937. He read Mathematics at Reading University and later achieved an MTech from Brunel University. He subsequently became a Fellow of the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications.
He was appointed lecturer in Mathematics in 1966 and in the late 1970s was responsible for setting up the merger with Shoreditch College (later renamed the Runnymede Campus). In 1986 he was appointed Director of Brunel's Science Park, the first campus-based example at a UK university, and held the post until his retirement in 2002.
Peter was a founding Director of the UK Science Park Association and was its Chairman for two years. He was also a local councillor and member of the GLC for a number of years.