Elected: 1972
Discipline: Economics and Social Sciences
Sir Norman William Graham CB FRSE
Norman Graham was born in 1913 in Dundee but his roots were very firmly in the West End of Glasgow, where he was raised and educated. His father had moved from Dumfriesshire to Glasgow to train as a marine engineer and worked at sea for several years. During the Great War his ships operated under naval direction; one was torpedoed off the Scillies while another served at Gallipoli. After the war Norman’s father became a partner in a firm of engineers in Glasgow.

Norman enjoyed a stable and happy home life which left him with a lifelong commitment to the church, a love of golf and an enduring affection for the west coast, initially Arran and the Firth of Clyde but later Arisaig, Coigach and Colonsay. He was usually top of the class at Hyndland Primary School and delighted his fellow-pupils by confounding an overbearing headmaster by successfully spelling ‘onomatopoeic’ both forwards and backwards. He was joint Dux at the High School of Glasgow and entered Glasgow University in 1931, taking first class Honours in History in 1935 and in Classics in 1936. He then competed successfully for the Home Civil Service, opted for one of the Edinburgh departments and was posted to the Department of Health for Scotland in October 1936.

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