Attention: You are using an outdated browser, device or you do not have the latest version of JavaScript downloaded and so this website may not work as expected. Please download the latest software or switch device to avoid further issues.

News > In Memoriam > Funeral Notice - Golfing Legend Dr Alastair Cochran 04/12/1929 - 03/2024

Funeral Notice - Golfing Legend Dr Alastair Cochran 04/12/1929 - 03/2024

28 Mar 2024
Written by Julie Beattie
In Memoriam
Alastair Cochran Visitng Heriot's May 2023
Alastair Cochran Visitng Heriot's May 2023

Updated with Funeral Notification. 

Alastair's funeral will be held at Sutton Coldfield Crematorium on Thursday 11th April at 1pm, followed by refreshments at Moor Hall Golf Club.

Everyone is welcome, and you can just turn up, but if you are intending to come, letting us know will help us gauge numbers for refreshments etc.

Family flowers only, please.  Donations will be in aid of Prostate Cancer UK.

Sutton Coldfield Crematorium, Tamworth Road, Sutton Coldfield, Birmingham B75 6LG

Moor Hall Golf Club, Moor Hall Drive, Sutton Coldfield B75 6LN

The funeral will also be live streamed

The link is:

The password is: CO2024


It is with sadness that we communicate the passing of Former Pupil Dr Alastair Cochran (1948)

After leaving Heriot's Alastair went to Edinburgh University to study Physics and Nuclear Physics at PhD level and followed up by working primarily in academic institutions.

As a keen, and very good golfer in his down time, it wasn’t until the mid 1960's that he mixed the game with his scientific expertise and took on the role as the Director of the Golf Society of Great Britain’s panel of scientists, studying the golf swing and related matters. In addition to carrying out much of the theoretical work and mathematical analysis involved, Alastair co-authored the book that resulted from the project: The Search for the Perfect Swing.

Since it's publication in 1968, the book remains one of the seminal pieces of work that has applied scientific methods to study the game of golf and continues to be referenced today by scientists, educators, and practitioners across the world of golf.

The book opened up a whole new world to Alastair as it resulted in him working with golfing brand giants like Titleist, followed by The Royal and Ancient’s Equipment Standards Committee and finally Callaway Golf.

Alastair is survived by his children, Isabel, Neil, Andrew, and Stuart, as well as 13 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Most read

Have your say

This website is powered by