Prof Donald Cecil Pack CBE FRSE FEIS FIMA (1920–2016) was a 20th-century Scottish mathematician who worked on supersonic airflows. He was one of the persons responsible for Strathclyde University receiving its university status and was its Vice Principal 1968 to 1972. He was one of the first to study the science associated with the sound barrier. In 1964 he was a joint founder of the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications (IMA).
He was born on 14 April 1920 at Higham Ferrers in Northamptonshire the son of John Pack and his wife, Minnie. He was educated at the local primary school then at Wellingborough School. He won a scholarship at studied Mathematics at New College, Oxford graduating MA in 1941.
Upon graduation he went to do wartime research on anti-aircraft ballistics at Cambridge. In 1943 he transferred to the Armament Research and Development Establishment at Fort Halstead in Kent. From 1944 to 1946 he served as a captain with the British Army on the Rhine and began working on supersonic airflows.
From 1968 to 1976 he was Chairman of the Scottish Certificate of Education Examination Board. From 1974 to 1977 he was Chairman of the Committee of Inquiry into Truancy and Indiscipline in Schools in Scotland from which developed "The Pack Report" (named in his honour). From 1977 to 1981 he was Governor of Hamilton College of Education.
In 1947 he married Constance ("Connie") Gillam (d. 2010). They had three children. They were married for 63 years.
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