Biography of Christian Fordyce
Christian James Fordyce (1901-1974) was a graduate of the University who was Professor of Humanity, 1934 to 1971. He was Clerk of Senate from 1940 to 1971 and Dean of Faculties in 1973.
Born in Fraserburgh, Fordyce studied at the University as a Forfar Bursar and later as a Sandford Scholar in Greek. He graduated MA in Classics with first class honours in 1920, and won the Thomas Logan Medal in 1921. In 1920 he went to Balliol College, Oxford as a Snell Exhibitioner and Newlands Scholar and became one of that University's most distinguished classical students.
Fordyce was appointed War Memorial Research Student in Classics at Balliol in 1925, moving to St Andrews later in the year as a lecturer in Greek, then to Edinburgh to lecture in Humanity, and to Oxford as Fellow, Classical Tutor and Librarian at Jesus College. He came back to Glasgow in 1934 on his appointment to the Chair of Humanity. According to the Glasgow Herald, he was described in 1962 as "a powerful advocate and formidable opponent in debate, and the greatest living expert on the ordinances and regulations of the Scottish universities".
Born 25 September 1901, Fraserburgh, Scotland.
Died 21 September 1974.
University Link: Alumnus, Clerk of Senate, Dean of Faculties, Professor
GU Degree: MA, 1920; Arts, 1916-1920;
Occupation categories: classical scholars
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Record last updated: 7th Aug 2008