Tom Devine

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

Early life[edit]

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

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.[4]

In 2005 he was appointed to the Sir William Fraser Chair of Scottish History at the University of Edinburgh.[5] He remained in this chair until 2011 and was director of the Scottish Centre for Diaspora studies until the summer of 2014.[4]

Awards and honours[edit]

Devine was elected a fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh in 1992[6] and the British Academy in 1994.[7] He is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society[8]

He was made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2005 New Year Honours.[9]

He was knighted in the 2014 Birthday Honours.[10]


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