Elected: 1991
Discipline: Engineering
Professor Gordon Bryce Donaldson FRSE
Gordon Bryce Donaldson, FRSE, died in Glasgow on November 28, 2012, at the age of 71. He was Professor of Applied Physics at the University of Strathclyde and a leading member of the worldwide applied superconductivity community. Through most of his career he was deeply involved in the design of superconducting devices or SQUIDs and their many practical applications.

Gordon was born in Edinburgh on August 10, 1941, but was brought up and educated in Glasgow, which was so very much his home city. After attending Glasgow Academy he won a scholarship to Christ’s College, Cambridge to study physics. He then stayed at Cambridge to do a PhD, working in the low-temperature Mond laboratory on tunnelling in superconductors. After graduating in 1966 he was appointed to a lectureship in the physics department at the newly-established Lancaster University. Here he continued his work on low temperature physics, in particular superconductors and the Josephson effect.

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