William Arthur Watts

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William Arthur Watts (26 May 1930 – 26 April 2010)[1] was a Professor in Botany at and - (later) Provost of - Trinity College Dublin.

He was born in Dublin's docklands and studied Modern Languages at Trinity, where he was elected a Scholar in 1950, graduating in 1952 and in Natural Sciences the following year.[2]

He became a fellow of Trinity in 1960, Reader in Botany in 1964, Professor in 1966 and Provost from 1981 to 1991.[3]

He was President of the Royal Irish Academy from 1982 to 1986.[4]


  1. ^ Former provost of Trinity College with strong commitment to public service
  2. ^ Kelly, D. and McMurry, B. 2010. William Arthur (Bill) Watts 1930 - 2010) Trinity Today. October 2010 Issue 15. pp.170 - 171
  3. ^ William Arthur Watts - Former Provosts - Provost's Office : Trinity College Dublin, The University of Dublin, Ireland
  4. ^ "George Huxley Papers-SERIES V. Newspaper Clippings". The American School of Classical Studies at Athens. Retrieved 5 August 2013.
Academic offices
Preceded by
F. S. L. Lyons
Provost of Trinity College Dublin
Succeeded by
Thomas Mitchell