Elected: 1986
Discipline: Physics and Astronomy
Professor Brian Henderson FRSE

Former Freeland Professor of Natural Philosophy, University of Strathclyde.

Brian Henderson, who died on 20 August 2017 aged 81, was a leading physicist in solid-state spectroscopic research. A Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh and of the Institute of Physics of London, (IOP), his career of more than 40 years spanned a sequence across Britain and Ireland of six different institutions at which he was based.
Born on 26 March 1936 into a coal-mining family living near Doncaster, Henderson was educated at Maltby Grammar School in south Yorkshire. At the University of Birmingham he proved to be a bright, hard-working student, graduating with a BSc in physical metallurgy in 1958 and a PhD just two years later. His thesis was entitled “The lattice spacings of alloys with reference to electronic constitution”. Subsequently the university elected him to a research fellowship. His work on metal alloys was published jointly with the Feeney Professor of Physical Metallurgy, Geoffrey Raynor, originally a pupil of the Oxford metallurgist William Hume-Rothery. Read more