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Professor (Norman John) David Smith (2 February 1931 - 15 February 2010) was a dental surgeon, lecturer and Conservative Party politician.

Born in Wimbledon, Smith initially worked as a merchant sailor from 1948-58, becoming a master mariner in 1957.

He subsequently entered King's College Hospital (KCH) Dental School, graduating in 1963 and receiving an MSc from the Royal Free Hospital School of Medicine in 1966. He practised as a dentist from 1966-69 before becoming senior lecturer in dental surgery at KCH in 1969 and head of dental radiology in 1972. He became a professor in 1978 and retired in 1996.

He entered local politics as a member of Southwark London Borough Council in 1974. In 1977 he was elected to the Greater London Council to represent Norwood, holding the seat until the council's abolition in 1986. He was leader of the opposition on the Inner London Education Authority from 1979-86. He was a member of the Thames Water Authority from 1977-83. He was also a member of a number of health authorities and university boards and a liveryman of the Honourable Company of Master Mariners.

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