Elected: 1967
Discipline: Unspecified at this time
Professor Thomas Diery Patten CBE FRSE
The Society lost a distinguished member with the death on 10 April 1999 at the age of 73 of Professor Tom Patten, Fellow of the Society since 1967, Member of Council from 1969 to 1979 and Vice-President from 1976 to 1979.

Tom Patten planned his life methodically, setting himself objectives and driving hinself unsparingly to achieve them, purposeful though not obsessive, always finding time for family and friends and mindful of the value of mental and physical relaxation.

Born 1 January 1926 in Northumberland, he was brought to Edinburgh by virtue of a change of occupation of his father, and spent his life in the city, bringing his interests to his base rather than taking his base to his interests. For this, Edinburgh and its academic and industrial institutions owe him a debt of gratitude.

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