Professor Archie Edmiston Roy, was educated at Hillhead High School and the University of Glasgow. He was married to Frances with three sons; Dr. Archie W N Roy, Ian Roy and David Roy; and two grandchildren David and Fraser.
Professor Roy was a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, the Royal Astronomical Society, and the British Interplanetary Society. He was also a Member and past President of the Society for Psychical Research and Founding President of The Scottish Society for Psychical Research.
The asteroid (5806) Archieroy is named after him, with a registration in the IAU's Minor planet center. He has also been elected a member of the European Academy of Arts, Sciences and the Humanities. He was a Patron of the Churches Fellowship (Scotland) for Psychical and Spiritual Studies and a member of the Scientific and Medical Network. Archie Roy conducted research in astrodynamics, celestial mechanics, archaeoastronomy, psychical research, and neural networks.
In addition Roy has published 20 books, six of them novels, some 70 scientific papers and scores of articles. His books have been published in the United Kingdom, United States, France, Russia, Italy and India.
- Deadlight (1968)
- All Evil Shed Away (1970)
- The Curtained Sleep (1971)
- Sable Night (1973)
- The Dark Host (1976)
- Devil In The Darkness (1978)
- The Foundations of Astrodynamics (1965)
- Orbital Motion (1978)
- Long-Term Dynamical Behavior of Natural and Artificial N-Body Systems (Ed.) (1989)
- A Sense of Something Strange, Investigations Into the Paranormal (1990)
- Oxford Illustrated encyclopedia of the Universe (Ed.) (1992)
- Archives of the Mind (1996)
- From Newton to Chaos (Ed. with Bonnie A Steves) (1995)
- The Dynamics of Small Bodies in the Solar System: A Major Key to Solar Systems Studies (Ed. with Bonnie A Steves) (1998)
- The Eager Dead (2008)
- "Academic and writer Archie E Roy dies aged 88". bbc.co.uk. 2012-12-28. Retrieved 2012-12-29.
- University of Glasgow
- Award given to Professor Archie E Roy, founder of the SSPR (2004) Scottish Society for Psychical Research
- Jackie Jones-Hunt, Moses and Jesus: The Shamans, page 6 (O-Books, 2011). ISBN 978-1-84694-471-0