Elected: 1970
Discipline: Unspecified at this time
Dr Derek Hair Pringle CBE FRSE
Derek Pringle, a former Vice-President of the Society, died on 7 July 1995 at the age of 69. His life had displayed a remarkable breadth of interests in science, industry and commerce, and public contributions, gaining him admirers and friends in many fields.

Born in Edinburgh on 8 January 1926, second son of Robert Pringle and Lillias Dalgleish Hair, Derek Pringle was educated at George Heriot’s School, leaving with a fine academic record and proceeding to Edinburgh University in 1943. Changes in the University at the end of the Second World War led to his studying under two eminent Professors of Mathematics, Edmund Taylor Whittaker and Alexander Craig Aitken, and also under two eminent Professors of Physics, Nobel prizewinner Charles Barkla and Norman Feather; it was in Physics that Derek Pringle graduated in 1948. He immediately took up employment with Ferranti Ltd, the electronics company which had become established in Edinburgh during the Second World War. He was to stay with this company for 11 years, during which he made notable contributions to gas discharge physics and to applications of microwave ferrites in devices relevant to the firm’s work in the defence industry.

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