Sir David Harrison is a chemist and academic. He was Vice Chancellor of the University of Keele from 1979 to 1984, Vice Chancellor of the University of Exeter from 1984 to 1994, Master of Selwyn College, Cambridge from 1994 to 2000, and Pro-Vice Chancellor of the University of Cambridge in 1997.
Sir David read Natural Sciences (Chemistry) at Selwyn College, before receiving a PhD in Physical Chemistry. He taught at Cambridge University until 1979 and becoming a Fellow of Selwyn and its Senior Tutor.
He was Chair of the Trustees at Homerton College until 2010, when the College received its Royal Charter.
He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering in 1987.
Sir David was knighted in 1997.