Shrewsbury School

Sidney Gold Medal Winner, David Kell, returns to Shrewsbury to receive his award

Thursday 16 May 2013

On Saturday 4th May, David Kell (SH 2005-10), accompanied by his family, was presented with the Sidney Gold Medal.  Several of David’s former teachers were delighted to be present and welcome him back to Shrewsbury.  David had been awarded this prestigious academic award in 2011 for his prowess in Physics and shares the medal jointly with Max Emmerich (Rt 2008-10) who was presented with his medal for Biology in 2012.

David was both a Butler Scholar and Music Scholar.  After achieving outstanding GCSE results,   David also achieved the the top mark in the country for the Physics Pre-U course.  After Shrewsbury he went on to read Physics and Philosophy at Balliol College, Oxford.

David was an outstanding all-round scholar while at Shrewsbury, winning all but one of the top Mathematics prizes, and prizes in Physics and Debating.  David helped Shrewsbury to reach 8th place in the country in the annual national team Maths Challenge, while his gold medal winning performance in the UK Physics Olympiad gave him the first place for a Shrewsbury pupil in 15 years on the UK team for the International Olympiad, winning a bronze medal.

David's interests and abilities are wide-ranging and include music and singing.  Steve Adams (Head of Science) writes,  'It was characteristic of David that after a hard day arguing about Physics with gifted students from other nations, he settled down in the evening to read Plato’s dialogues'.

David’s reputation as a polymath continues:  At Oxford, he wrote and produced a play based on C.P. Snow’s 'Two Cultures' essay, reflecting on the divide between scientific and literary intellectual cultures.  David is considered to be one of Shrewsbury’s finest academics in recent years.

Pictured, above with David are, L - R: Jerome Armstrong (Head of Maths) Giles Bell (SH Housemaster), David, Martin Cropper (Deputy Head – Academic) and Steve Adams (Head of Science)

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