BSc(Eng), PhD, DSc, CEng, FIET, FRIN

Professor David Last held a Personal Chair and was Head of the Radio-Navigation Group at the University of Wales, Bangor until retirement in March 2005 when he became a Professor Emeritus.

He was born in Manchester in 1940 and educated at The Manchester Grammar School. He was awarded the degree of BSc(Eng) by the University of Bristol in 1961, PhD by the University of Sheffield in 1966 and DSc by the University of Wales in 1995.

From 2005-2008, Professor Last was President of the Royal Institute of Navigation. He is a Past-President of the International Loran Association, a Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology and a Chartered Engineer. He has published more than 400 technical and policy papers on navigation and communications systems, including the Global Positioning System (GPS), Loran C and enhanced Loran (eLoran), Galileo and other Global Navigation Satellite Systems, Maritime Differential GPS, Argos, Decca Navigator, and Omega. He acts as a consultant on radio-navigation and communications to companies and to governmental and international organisations and is active as an Expert Witness, especially in forensic matters concerning GPS. He is an instrument-rated pilot and user of terrestrial and satellite navigation systems.

In 2010 he was awarded the Harold Spencer-Jones Gold Medal of the Royal Institute of Navigation and in 2015 the Necho Award of the International Association of Institutes of Navigation.