Elected: 1980
Discipline: Earth Sciences and Chemistry
Dr Norman Macleod FRSE

Honorary Fellow, Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Edinburgh.

Academic, inventor, motor-cyclist and all-round Renaissance man, Norman was as comfortable in the worlds of literature, philosophy and music as within his chosen field of Chemical Engineering.

Son of a civil servant and a bluestocking intellectual who met at the Fabian Society, Norman was born in Lee-on-Sea, Essex in 1926. Despite a privileged upbringing and the cloistered life of an academic, he developed a voracious and enduring facility for talking to anyone from any walk of life — his vast intellectual curiosity tempered by humility and empathy. Read more about Norman Macleod