Elected: 1978
Discipline: Economics and Social Sciences
Sir James Campbell Fraser FRSE
Sir Campbell Fraser FRSE, who died on 27 April, shortly before his 84th birthday, was one of the leading industrialists of his generation. As Chairman of one of the UK’s largest manufacturing companies from 1977 until 1983, he helped to navigate British industry through a period when conditions were particularly hostile. As President of the Confederation of British Industry during the early years of the Thatcher Government, he provided a quality of national leadership which, although controversial, was much needed. He was also Chairman of Scottish Television, a non-executive director of several other companies, the author of numerous articles, and the founder of a professional society which now enjoys an influential role in British economic affairs. Although his work was international in scope and London-centred, he was committed to the interest of his native Scotland throughout his life.

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