Gordon Beveridge

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Sir Gordon Smith Grieve Beveridge FRSE MRIA FEng FIChemE FRSA (1933, St Andrews – 1999, Bangor) was a Scottish chemist. He served as President and Vice-Chancellor of Queen's University of Belfast, Northern Ireland, from 1986 to 1997. He was knighted in 1994 for his services to higher education.


Among the outstanding successes of his thirteen-year Vice-Chancellorship were the realisation of his personal vision for the outreach to the south and west of Northern Ireland. This became reality with the opening of the Queen's campus in Armagh in 1995. In the same year he presided over the celebrations to mark the 150th anniversary of Queen's.

Sir Gordon was born in St Andrews, Fife and brought up in Inverness. He attended Inverness Royal Academy, followed by the University of Glasgow, where he studied Engineering. He had a distinguished career and completed his PhD at the University of Edinburgh. He spent some time at the University of Minnesota as a Harkness Fellow and a visiting Professor at the University of Texas. In 1967 he moved to Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh and from 1971 to 1986 was Professor of Chemical Engineering and Head of the Department of the Chemical and Process Engineering at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow.

Among his many posts, he was a Fellow and an Officer of the Royal Academy of Engineering, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, a member of the Royal Irish Academy and a Companion of the Institute of Management.

In 1981, he was a founder member of the Engineering Council, serving 13 years first as Chairman of its Standing Committee on Professional Institutions and later as chairman of its standing committee on the Regions and Assembly. He was also a member of the National Economic Development Office (Nedo) Chemicals Economic Development Committee and chairman of its Petrochemical Sector Working Group. In 1984 he served a term as president of the Institution of Chemical Engineers. He was President of QUA in 1989. He was Chairman of the Governments Radioactive Waste Management Advisory Committee (RWMAC) 1995-98, a member of the Board of the Northern Ireland Growth Challenge and a Director of University Bookshop Ltd, the Northern Quality Centre and the Northern Ireland Economic Research Centre. He also served as a member of the Council of the Open University, as Director and Chairman of Navan at Armagh Management Ltd, which runs the Navan Fort complex; Textflow Services Ltd, QUBIS Ltd (1991–97) and Lennoxvale Developments Ltd.


Gordon was the son of Victor Beattie Beveridge and Elizabeth Fairbairn Grieve.

He married Geertruida Hillegonda Johanna Bruijn in 1963.[1]


He wrote more than 300 articles, papers and books, including Optimization: Theory and Practice (with Robert S. Schechter, publoished by McGraw-Hill Book Company Inc. New York, 1970).


  • Engineering in the 80s, Edinburgh. Targeted at school leavers who were considering one of the branches of engineering as a career, this exhibition for the Council of Engineering Institutions was held at the Royal Museum of Scotland for three months. Exhibits ranged from coalface-cutting machines to needles for optical surgery.

Honorary degrees[edit]

See also[edit]

  • Beveridge Hall, Queen's University Beveridge Hall was designed by Roger McMichael and now forms part of the principal residential campus of Queens University. Beveridge Hall won a RWUA Design Award 2000. More recently it has been renamed The Elms Village.


Academic offices
Preceded by
Sir Peter Froggatt
President and Vice-Chancellor of Queen's University Belfast
Succeeded by
Professor Sir George Bain