Papers of David Vernon Donnison, b 1926, Professor of Town and Regional Planning, 1980-1991, University of Glasgow, Scotland

Scope and Content

The fonds consists mainly of Professor Donnison's papers as Chairman of the Supplementary Benefits Commission 1975-1980.

Administrative / Biographical History

David Vernon Donnison was born on 19 January 1926 , son of Frank Siegfried Vernon Donnison CBE of the Indian Civil Service and Ruth Seruya Singer MBE JP. He married Jean Elizabeth Kidger and had 2 sons and 2 daughters. He was educated at Marlborough College, Wiltshire and Magdalen College Oxford. His academic and professional posts were Assistant Lecturer and Lecturer, Manchester University, 1950-1953; Lecturer, Toronto University, 1953-1955; Reader, London School of Economics, 1956-1961; Professor of Social Administration, 1961-1969; Director, Centre for Environmental Studies, 1969-1976; Visiting Professor, London School of Economics since 1976; Chairman: Public Schools Commission, 1963-1970; Supplementary Benefits Commission, 1975-1980 (Deputy Chairman, 1973-1975). He was awarded an Honorary DLitt by Bradford University in 1973. He was Professor of Town and Regional Planning, Glasgow University, 1980-1991 and remains a Research Fellow to the present day. His publications includeThe Neglected Child and the Social Services, (1954); Welfare services in a Canadian Community, (1958); Housing since the Rent Act, (1961);The Government of Housing, (1967);An Approach to Social Policy, (1975);Social Policy and Administration Revisited, (1975); (with Paul Soto) The Good City, (1980).


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Related Material

GB 248 GUA TRP: Records of the Department of Town and Regional Planning, 1971-1985.

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Additional Information

Description compiled in line with the following international standards: International Council on Archives,ISAD(G) Second Edition, September 1999and National Council on Archives, Rules for the construction of personal, place and corporate names

Scotland is the location of all place names in the administrative/biographical history element, unless otherwise stated.

Fonds level description compiled by Moira Rankin, Senior Archivist, 25 April 2000.

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