Biography of Harold Wilson
Harold Albert Wilson (1874-1964) was Professor of Natural Philosophy at the University from 1924 to 1925.
Born in York, Wilson studied at the Yorkshire College in Leeds and the Universities of Leeds and Berlin. He spent many years as a researcher at Cambridge, including a three year spell as a Clerk-Maxewell Student in the Cavendish Laboratories, 1901 to 1904, and then became a lecturer in Physics at King's College, London. He was appointed Professor at King's College in 1905, and then at McGill University in Montreal in 1909. He went to Texas as Professor of Physics at Rice Institute (later University) in 1912.
Wilson was lured to Glasgow in 1924, but returned to Houston the following year with the offer of a job as a physicist with an oil company to augment his professorial salary at Rice. He remained at Rice University until he retired in 1947.