David Flint

Biography of David Flint

David Flint was a graduate of the University who was Johnstone Smith Professor of Accountancy from 1964 and was appointed to a new Chair of Accountancy in 1975, which he held for ten years. He was Dean of the Faculty of Law, 1971 to 1973, and Vice-Principal from 1981 to 1985, and awarded the honorary degree DUniv in 2001.

Flint first enrolled at the University aged 17 to study for an arts degree, taking classes in subjects such as Logic, Civil Law and Political Economy. He excelled in many of his classes, winning prizes in Civil Law, Political Economy, Scots Law and Mercantile Law. After completing his MA in 1939, he was mobilised as a Territorial Army Officer and served in the Royal Corps of Signals for seven years. During this time he successfully completed a law degree, graduating in absentia in 1942.

In 1950, David became a part-time lecturer in Industrial Accountancy at the University of Glasgow and in 1964 was appointed to the Johnstone Smith Chair of Accountancy at the University, a post he held until 1976. After finishing this post he remained a Professor in the Department of Accountancy. He also served as Dean of the Faculty of Law at the University from 1971 to 1973. In 1981, he was appointed as Vice-Principal of the University with a special interest in financial matters, retiring from the University in 1985.

Among many other offices, Flint held those of Chairman of the AUTA (now the British Accounting Association) in 1969; President of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Scotland, 1975 to 1976; membership of the Commission for Local Authority Accounts in Scotland, 1978 to 1980, and the presidency of the European Accounting Association from 1983 to 1984.


David Flint

Born 24 February 1919.
Died 14 May 2017.
University Link: Alumnus, Faculty Dean, Honorary Graduate, Lecturer, Professor, Vice-Principal
GU Degrees: MA, 1939; BL, 1942;
Occupation categories: accountants
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Record last updated: 6th Jun 2017

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  • Vice-Principal, 1981-1985
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