Elected: 1940
Discipline: Unspecified at this time
Professor James Alexander MacDonald FRSE
James Alexander Macdonald (popularly known to his colleagues and friends as Jay) was born on 17th June 1908 in Dingwall, Rosshire and died in his 90th year on 26th April, 1997 in St Andrews where he had spent most of his working life. His father, also James Alexander Macdonald, was a graduate in Experimental Physics from the University of Edinburgh and became the first rector of the new Leith Academy in 1897 when he was also elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh and eventually retired as HM Chief Inspector of Schools for the Highland Division. The Macdonald family of three sons and two daughters were all active in learning and public service. Agnes received an OBE for editing the 1972 edition of Chambers Twentieth Century Dictionary, Margot taught music at Aberdeen High School for girls and Robert followed his father’s footsteps in becoming an Inspector for Schools and finally became Assistant Secretary in the Department of Education and was the author of Scottish Pioneers of Education Overseas (1981).

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