Elected: 1980
Discipline: Unspecified at this time
Sir Robert Grieve CBE FRSE
Sir Robert Grieve was born in Glasgow on 11th December 1910. The two greatest influences on the young Bob were his mother – ‘a caged tigress’ as he later described her – and his uncle Tom. His uncle took him on ‘enormous walks’ in the countryside beyond the City’s tram termini, where he first saw ‘the hills of the Campsies in the distance, and once far away the bulk of Ben Lomond’. His mother’s ambition that he should ‘get on’ were fulfilled in part as the result of the values he learnt from her and his uncle – a critical and questioning mind, book-loving, and nature-loving. He was rarely able to speak of Tom without being moved to tears.

Bob Grieve was trained and qualified first as a civil engineer in the then Royal College of Technology and then as a planner. Employed by Local Authorities between 1927 and 1944 he later claimed that there was a time when he was one of only two qualified planners in Scotland. Between 1944 and 1946 he was a major influence on the Clyde Valley Regional Plan, especially in developing a planning framework for the overspill of population from Glasgow into new towns, emphasising the need to create viable communities as well as new centres for economic development.

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