TRIBUTES have been paid to a popular university lecture who taught for more than 30-years.

Dr Peter Lee was a member of the Department of Mathematics at The University of York from 1972 until his retirement in 2005.

He was an undergraduate at the University of Liverpool before studying in the Department of Pure Mathematics and Mathematical Statistics in Cambridge.

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He was then a Fellow of Peterhouse College until 1972 when he moved to York.

Tony Sudbery, a friend and colleague, said the words “affable” and “convivial” might have been coined to apply to Dr Lee.

He said: “Without his huge personality, York will be a less colourful place.

“He always got on extremely well with students, many of whom remember him with the very greatest affection.

“Some of these travelled great distances to see him in his final days.

“Peter was a man of wide culture. He loved books, which he can be truly said to have devoured voraciously. He was always ready with an apt, and often humorous, quotation.”

Dr Lee was a founding member and treasurer of the York Bibliographical Society and spoke fluent Russian.

He also organised the university’s popular Mayday Parties.

Dr Lee died of a brain tumour and is survived by his sister Penni, his niece Claudia and his great-nephew George.