Biography of Ronald Gregor Smith
Ronald Gregor Smith (1913-1968) was Professor of Divinity at the University from 1956 until 1968.
Smith studied at the Universities of Edinburgh, Munich, Marburg and Copenhagen. He was Minister of Lawson Memorial Church in Selkirk from 1939 until 1944, when he became a Chaplain in the Scots Guards. After a year as a control officer at the University of Bonn, Smith became associate editor and then managing director and editor of the Student Christian Movement Press, and spent a year in Australia as Love Lecturer at Ormond College, Melbourne before his appointment to the Chair at Glasgow in 1956.
His experiences of working in Europe and with continental theologians had a profound influence on Smith's theology, and he translated many foreign texts into English. His own most influential contributions to theological debate were delivered in his books The New Man (1956) and Secular Christianity (1968).