Dr David King, who has died aged 70, was an acknowledged expert in the foam industry for over 40 years.
David was born in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk on 29 July 1946. He obtained a BSc in Chemical Technology at the University of the South Bank (London) then a PhD entitled ‘Copolymers Containing Fluorine’ from the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology.
David’s career was based at two sites, Accrington in Lancashire (1971-1985; Caligen and British Vita) and Alfreton in Derbyshire (1985-2007; Beaverfoam and Recticel), followed by 10 years as a consultant for Flexible Foam Research from his home in Ripley, Derbyshire. David’s career advanced the processes behind manufacture of polyurethane foam and he leaves a legacy of improved fire safety and flammability of foam in furniture. David’s work in this area was ongoing and within the last 12 months he continued to liaise with chief fire officers and MPs about proposed changes to safety standards.
He travelled extensively internationally and his combination of amiability, diplomacy and willingness to speak directly won the trust and respect of colleagues across the world.
David died on 9 April 2017 after a short stay in the Nightingale Macmillan Unit of the Royal Derby Hospital. He will be greatly missed by his many friends, and is survived by his wife and two children.