Though Tony Spurgin joined over 2,000 students graduating from City University London last month, his success was unique.
The 83-year-old resident of San Diego, California, earned a PhD in Engineering with a dissertation titled: “Safety and Economics of Nuclear and High Risk Organisations”. Remarkably, he completed the degree as a part-time candidate in three years, which is the standard duration for a full-time doctoral student.
His return to the nuts and bolts of rigorous academic study also marked a homecoming to his alma mater. Spurgin holds a B.Sc in Aeronautical Engineering (1952) from City’s predecessor, the Northampton Engineering College and fondly recalls his student days at Northampton Square:
“In those days I enjoyed most of the subjects which were taught by excellent tutors. These included topics such as mathematics, metallurgy, aerodynamics and aircraft performance. I was also the recipient of a team tie for water polo and a full cap in rugby.”
UPDATE: The Times Higher Education did a Q&A with Tony. You can read it here.