The Division of Mathematics and Science came into existence in 1975. Before that, the University had appointed a Dean of Arts and Science. The first such appointment was Geoffrey Davies in January of 1966. Following his death in March of 1966, John Mayer (Department of Philosophy) held the position of Acting Dean of Arts and Science, and then Associate Dean of Arts and Science, until 1969, when Colin Plint (Department of Physics) was appointed to the position of Dean of Arts and Science.
The University adopted its present divisional structure in 1975, and Colin Plint became Dean of the new Division of Mathematics and Science for one year. The new Division contained the Departments of Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Computer Science, Geological Sciences, Mathematics and Physics. This arrangement continues today, except that the name of the Department of Geological Sciences changed to Department of Earth Sciences in 1992. (Note that by 1969 all departments but Computer Science were in existence. In 1968, a Computational Center under the Directorship of Ray Skilton was set up, but it was not until 1975 that the Department of Computer Sciences was first in operation.)
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