Tom Devine

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Professor Sir Thomas Martin Devine OBE is a Scottish historian and academic.

Early life[edit]

Devine was born into an Irish Catholic family in Motherwell, Scotland.[1][2] His father was a schoolteacher.[3] He graduated from the University of Strathclyde in 1968.[4]

Academic career[edit]

He was appointed professor of Scottish History at the University of Strathclyde in 1988. He later became dean of the faculty of arts and social sciences, then deputy principal.[5]

In 2005 he was appointed to the Sir William Fraser Chair of Scottish History at the University of Edinburgh.[6] He remained in this chair until 2011 and was director of the Scottish Centre for Diaspora studies until the summer of 2014.[5]

Awards and honours[edit]

Devine was elected a fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh in 1992[7] and the British Academy in 1994.[8] He is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society[9]

He was made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2005 New Year Honours.[10]

He was knighted in the 2014 Birthday Honours.[11][2]


  1. ^ McCall, Chris. "200 Voices. Sir Tom Devine: The historian telling Scotland's story". The Scotsman. Retrieved 17 April 2018.
  2. ^ a b Gerry Braiden, Gerry (2 July 2015). "Sir Tom Devine: Knighthood a recognition of Scotland's Irish immigrants and historical studies". The Herald. Glasgow. Retrieved 23 October 2018.
  3. ^ "The SRB Interview: Tom Devine". Scottish Review of Books. 12 August 2010. Retrieved 17 April 2018.
  4. ^ "Helping to shape the future of your newspaper". The Scotsman. 26 January 2007. Retrieved 17 April 2018.
  5. ^ a b "Historian retires to write new chapter". Edinburgh Evening News. 14 May 2014. Retrieved 17 April 2018.
  6. ^ "Tom Devine doubling up". The Scotsman. 29 April 2005. Retrieved 17 April 2018.
  7. ^ "Fellow. Thomas Devine". Royal Society of Edinburgh. Retrieved 17 April 2018.
  8. ^ "Fellows: Professor Sir Thomas Devine". British Academy. Retrieved 17 April 2018.
  9. ^ "Fellows - D" (PDF). Royal Historical Society. Retrieved 17 April 2018.
  10. ^ "New Year Honours". Times Higher Education. 7 January 2005. Retrieved 17 April 2018.
  11. ^ Christie, Kevan; Gardner, Claire (14 June 2014). "Scots feature in Queen's Birthday Honours List". The Scotsman. Retrieved 17 April 2018.