A WARM tribute has been paid to a long-serving Huddersfield University lecturer who was killed in a car crash.
Dr Vincent Hugh Harris - known to his friends as Vince - died after a smash near Notton in Wakefield on Wednesday. His Rover car was in collision with a Porsche on Notton Lane at 11.10pm.
Dr Harris, 69, of Notton, died and his 53-year-old wife, Molly, was hurt. She is recovering at Pinderfields Hospital in Wakefield.
At one point in his long academic career, Dr Harris - who taught physical chemistry - was the longest-serving lecturer at Huddersfield University.
Professor Mike Page, Dean of the School of Science at the university, said: "Vince was an extremely capable and competent colleague. He was an expert in his field.
"He was fairly quiet, but extremely keen at teaching, particularly weaker students struggling with the mathematical side of chemistry. He was very patient."
Dr Harris graduated with a PhD in physics from Sheffield University in 1959 and then taught at Holgate Grammar School in Barnsley for a couple of years.
Between 1957 and 1959 he did research into mine safety with the former Ministry of Power.
He became a lecturer at the former Huddersfield College of Technology in 1961. The college became Huddersfield Polytechnic in 1970 and the University of Huddersfield in 1992.
He retired in 1994, but carried on as a part-time lecturer.
He was a keen ballroom dancer and taught others in the skill.
An inquest will be held in Wakefield into Dr Harris's death.
* The 32-year-old Porsche driver is said to be in a critical but stable condition at Pinderfields Hospital.
A 35-year-old passenger in the Porsche was slightly hurt.
Police later arrested a 35-year-old man on suspicion of attempting to pervert the course of justice in relation to the crash.