Sir James Menter came to live permanently in Scotland on retirement twenty years ago after a full and highly successful working life in scholarship, scientific research, industry and university management. He could have been simply an academic, albeit one of great distinction, but he was one of those all too rare individuals who combine intellectual integrity, professionalism and a sound sense of judgement which made him successful also in the wider world of industry and business.
Jim Menter started out in life from a modest family background of working parents with ambitions for their children’s future. With their support he gained a scholarship to Dover County School for Boys, the local grammar school, where he had the good fortune to be taught by a physics master who inspired him to embark on what was subsequently a lifelong interest in science. From there he won an Open Scholarship in Natural Sciences at Peterhouse, Cambridge.
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