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City Graduate Earns his Scroll at 83

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Tony Spurgin

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.”

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UPDATE: The Times Higher Education did a Q&A with Tony. You can read it here.

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