Biography of James Stedman Dixon
James Stedman Dixon (b 1846) endowed a lectureship in Mining Engineering in 1902 and increased the endowment five years later to found the James S Dixon Chair of Mining. The founding ordnance was repealed in 1980 and the endowment was subsequently used to found the James S Dixon Chair of Applied Geology.>
Dixon was the son of a stockbroker who attended classes in Engineering at the University. He became an apprentice to a mining engineer in 1863 and subsequently a partner in the firm, but later gave up engineering to become a mine owner in Lanarkshire. Dixon was one of the leading figures in the British mining industry, serving as President of the Lanarkshire Coalmasters' Association; the Coalmasters' Insurance Association; the Mining Institute of Scotland and the Institution of Mining Engineers of Great Britain. He was a leading member of the Conservative Party in Lanarkshire.