Professor Clyde Williams, OBE, PhD, MSc, BSc, DipEd.

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Loughborough University

Professor Clyde Williams is emeritus professor of sports science at Loughborough University and visiting professor at the newly established University of Suffolk.  During his 30 year-long career at Loughborough University he has had several senior roles including head of the School of Sport and Exercise Sciences and Pro-Vice Chancellor (research).  Prior to his move to Loughborough, to set up sports science research, he spent nine years in the Department of Physiology at the University of Aberdeen, teaching science and medical students’ human physiology.  His research focussed, at the time, was on the impact of thyroid hormone on skeletal muscle fibre composition.

At Loughborough his research returned to an earlier interest in the influence of nutrition on exercise performance and recovery.  Along with his Scandinavian colleagues, he contributed to the early literature showing links between glycogen metabolism and fatigue. In the early 1980s, he served as secretary to the Nutrition Society’s scientific programmes committee, when Professor John Waterlow was president. He was appointed to the first chair in sports science in the UK (1986). He was the founding chair of the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES) and latterly, the founding chair of the Board for registration for professionals in sport and exercise nutrition (SENr). He chaired the 2008 RAE panel for sport related subjects. He was appointed as the Vice-Chancellor’s Fellow and adjunct professor at Victoria University (Melbourne) during the development of their Institute of Health and Performance.   Professor Williams has been international visiting professor at the Vrije University of Brussels and the J.W. Barker International visiting Professor at the Nanyang Technical University of Singapore.

He was appointed OBE in the Queen’s birthday honours in 2009, awarded an honorary fellowship of the Faculty of Sport and Exercise Medicine (UK) for his contributions to the development of sports medicine education (2011). Professor Williams was also awarded a DSc (Hon) by Loughborough University (2014) and an honorary doctorate by Victoria University (2016). He continues to review manuscripts, grant applications, and mentor early career researchers.