David Follett

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Sir David Henry Follett FMA (5 September 1907 – 11 May 1982) was an English curator who was Director of the Science Museum, London from 1960 to 1973.[1][2]

Follett was born in Kingston, Surrey, and attended Rutlish Grammar School (1919–26), he then studied physics in the Clarendon Laboratory at Oxford University as a student at Brasenose College. [3]

Follett joined the Science Museum in 1937 as an Assistant Keeper, when Colonel E. E. B. Mackintosh was the Director. He was later Director of the museum from 1960–73. Follett was also an author and a Fellow of the Museums Association.

Follett was knighted for his contribution to the museum world in 1967, he was married to Helen Allison, Lady Follett, who died in 1996.[4]


  • Follett, David, The Rise of the Science Museum under Henry Lyons. London: Science Museum, 1978. ISBN 0-901805-19-X.


  1. ^ Walter Bird, Sir David Henry Follett portrait, National Portrait Gallery, London, UK, 1967.
  2. ^ "Obituary: Sir David Follett". The Times; the Times Digital Archive. 13 May 1982. p. 14.
  3. ^ Physics, practical notes of Sir David H. (David Henry), Follett, 1907- Archived 4 June 2011 at the Wayback Machine. AIP History Newsletter, Volume XXXVI, Number 1, Spring 2004. American Institute of Physics.
  4. ^ Fur flies over £1m house for cats, BBC News, 4 March 2004.
Cultural offices
Preceded by
Sir Terence Morrison-Scott
Director of the Science Museum
Succeeded by
Dame Margaret Weston