Collection OM/8 - David Anderson papers

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GB 249 OM/8

Title

David Anderson papers

Date(s)

  • 1945 - 1981 (Creation)

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0.1 metres

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Name of creator

(1895-1981)

Biographical history

Sir David Anderson graduated Associate in Mechanical Engineering of the Royal Technical College, Glasgow in 1921, following service in the Royal Air Force, with the rank of 2nd Lieutenant, in 1918. He obtained engineering experience with the North British Locomotive Company and with Fullerton, Hodgart and Barclay, then held several higher academic posts in Derby Technical College and Birmingham College of Technology, before becoming Director or Principal of the Royal Technical College, Glasgow from 1946 to 1959. During his term of office, discussions took place on the expansion of technological education in Britain, and the future development of the Royal College, which led eventually to the award of University Charter and the establishment of the University of Strathclyde in 1964.

Sir David was knighted in 1957 and received honorary degrees from Glasgow University in 1961 and from Strathclyde in 1965. He served as a member of the Robbins Committee on Higher Education and on many other professional bodies. He died on 18 January 1981.

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Job application and testimonials for position of director of Royal Technical College, Glasgow; articles and speeches; correspondence; notes on developments at Royal Technical College and Royal College of Science and Technology under Anderson's directorship; order of service of thanksgiving for Anderson's life.

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Open

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  • English

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Item level catalogue available in reading room.

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Photographs of Sir David Anderson (ref: GB 249 OP/4/166, 172, 188)

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