Hector Hetherington

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Sir Hector Hetherington
GBE DL
Principal of the University of Glasgow
In office
1936–1961
Preceded by Sir Robert Sangster Rait
Succeeded by Sir Charles Wilson
Vice-Chancellor of the
University of Liverpool
In office
1927–1936
Preceded by John George Adami
Succeeded by John Stocks
Personal details
Born Hector James Wright Hetherington
21 July 1888
Cowdenbeath, Fife
Died 15 January 1965(1965-01-15) (aged 76)
Spouse(s) Alison Reid
Children

Scott Hetherington

Alastair Hetherington
Alma mater University of Glasgow
Merton College, Oxford
Sir Hector Hetherington's grave, Tillicoultry

Sir Hector James Wright Hetherington GBE DL (21 July 1888 - 15 January 1965) was a Scottish philosopher, who was Vice-Chancellor of the University of Liverpool from 1927 to 1936, and Principal of the University of Glasgow until 1961.

Early life[edit]

Hetherington was born in Cowdenbeath, Fife,[1] and educated at Dollar Academy. He studied at the University of Glasgow and at Merton College, Oxford.[2]

Career[edit]

He was appointed Lecturer in Moral Philosophy at Glasgow in 1910,[1] and Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of Sheffield in 1914, before becoming Professor of Logic and Philosophy at University College Cardiff (now Cardiff University) in 1915.[2] He worked in the Secretariat of the 1919 International Labour Conference of the League of Nations in Washington, D.C.. In 1920, he moved to University College Exeter as Professor of Philosophy and Principal of the College, and returned to Glasgow in 1924 as Professor of Moral Philosophy. In 1927, he became Vice-Chancellor of the University of Liverpool,[1][2] but returned to Glasgow again in 1936, as Principal and Vice-Chancellor of the University. He served in this position for twenty-five years, retiring in 1961.[1][2] He served as a Trustee of the Carnegie United Kingdom Trust and, ex officio, of the Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland from 1936 until 1961.[3] He was a Trustee of the Nuffield Foundation from 1943 until his death, serving as Vice-Chairman from 1961.[3] In 1942 he visited the USA as a British visiting adviser to American universities on wartime academic policy.[3] In 1943 he became Chairman of the Committee of British Vice-Chancellors and remained as Chairman or Deputy Chairman until 1952.[3] As a member of the Award Committee of the Commonwealth Fund he travelled widely, particularly in the United States and Canada, to promote links between British Universities and those in other countries. He received honorary degrees from 13 universities in the UK and North America. From 1930 to 1932 he was a member of the Royal Commission on Unemployment Insurance and in 1938 was appointed as Chairman of the Royal Commission on Workmen's Compensation.[4] From 1940 to 1948 he was a member of the National Arbitration Tribunal and from 1951 to 1959 he was a member of the Industrial Disputes Tribunal.[5]

Personal life[edit]

Hetherington married Mary Ethel Alison Reid (1886-1966) in 1914, with whom he had two sons.[2] The elder son, Scott, became a senior civil servant in the Scottish Office, while the younger son, Alastair, went on to become editor of The Guardian. He retired in 1961 to Edinburgh. He was a member of the Athenæum, the Royal Scottish Automobile Club and Glasgow Golf Club. He was knighted in 1936, and appointed Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 1948 and Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the British Empire in 1962.[2] He served as a Deputy Lieutenant for the County of Glasgow,[2] and was made a Freeman of the City of Glasgow in 1961.

He is buried in a simple grave with his wife in the cemetery in Tillicoultry, just south-east of the war memorial. His younger son Alastair is buried beside them.

Published Works[edit]

  • With J. H. Muirhead. Social Purpose. George Allen & Unwin, 1918.
  • The Life and Letters of Sir Henry Jones. Hodder and Stoughton. 1924.
  • Letters to Graduates 1946-61. University of Glasgow. 1965.
  • Several articles and lectures.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Biography of Sir Hector Hetherington". University of Glasgow. Retrieved 28 December 2009. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g Levens, R.G.C., ed. (1964). Merton College Register 1900-1964. Oxford: Basil Blackwell. p. 90. 
  3. ^ a b c d Illingworth, Sir Charles (1971). University Statesman - The story of Sir Hector Hetherington GBE. George Outram & Company Ltd. pp. 103–109. 
  4. ^ The Glasgow Herald, Obituary of Sir Hector Hetherington, 16 January 1965.
  5. ^ Illingworth, Sir Charles (1971). University Statesman - The story of Sir Hector Hetherington GBE. George Outram & Company Ltd. p. 153. 
Academic offices
Preceded by
John George Adami
Vice-Chancellor of the
University of Liverpool

1927–1936
Succeeded by
John Stocks
Preceded by
Professor Sir Robert Sangster Rait
Principal and Vice-Chancellor
of the University of Glasgow

1936–1961
Succeeded by
Sir Charles Wilson