Elected: 1972
Discipline: Physics and Astronomy
Emeritus Professor Simon Gavin George MacDonald FRSE

Professor of Physics, University of Dundee.

Simon Gavin George MacDonald (known as Gavin) was born in Beauly, Inverness-shire, on 5 September 1923, but his parents moved to Edinburgh at the end of his first year. He was educated at Craiglockhart Primary and at George Heriot’s (having been first in the school’s bursary competition). There he thrived, sweeping many year prizes and going on to be Dux of the School as well as Dux of Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics. As well as being a Prefect, in a sign of a move he was soon to make, he was the First Flight Sgt of the Air Training Corps. Read more about Gavin MacDonald