Elected: 1994
Discipline: Engineering
Professor James Anthony Cairns FRSE

Emeritus Professor of Microelectronics and Materials Science, University of Dundee.

Professor Cairns, or Jim, as he was known to his many friends and colleagues, died after a short illness at Ninewells Hospital, Dundee on 31st March 2018. Jim was born on 1st July 1936 and was a native of Clydebank. He was educated in St Patrick’s High School in Dumbarton and, having obtained more than the required exam qualifications, in 1954 he enrolled on a (BSc Pure Science) degree course at Glasgow University. Jim qualified with an Honours Degree in 1958 and chose to take up a career as a science teacher. In 1964, despite having married and started a family, he made the difficult career changing decision to accept a research grant to study for a postgraduate degree in the University Chemistry Department at Glasgow. This illustrated his confidence in his abilities and was to prove the correct decision, as demonstrated by his subsequent meritorious record in scientific research. The topic of his Thesis was “Chemical Effects of the Irradiation of Solids” in the Catalyst group led by the late Professor Sam Thompson. Read more about Jim Cairns