Professor Bruce, who died peacefully at his home in Surrey on July 23rd 1997 at the age of 85, spent his latter years slowly recovering from the illness which had forced him to retire early from Headship of the Department of Electrical Engineering at the University of Strathclyde in 1972. Fred Bruce was born (13 July 1912) and schooled in Aberdeen and freely acknowledged the value of his upbringing in an unprivileged family dedicated to education. He studied Electrical Engineering at King’s College, Newcastle (later the University of Newcastle upon Tyne), graduating in 1933 with a First Class Honours BSc and proceeding directly to graduate training at C A Parsons Ltd in the immediate vicinity. Later, his extra-mural research work at the University, sponsored by the Electrical Research Association, led to the award of a PhD degree for research on discharges in gases and the precision measurement of high voltages, work in which he was to become a recognised leader. He continued this research at Queen Mary College, London supported by a Sir James Caird Senior Fellowship, and at that time published two outstanding seminal papers dealing with precision high voltage measurements using an ellipsoid voltmeter and specially-designed uniform field electrodes. ‘Bruce profile’ electrodes continue to be used in high voltage research to this day.