Emeritus Principal James Drever, Master of Queen's College, Principal and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Dundee

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Speeches and addresses 1966-1978; reprints of papers delivered by James Drever 1953-1965 and personal correspondence and papers 1944-1978.

Administrative / Biographical History

James Drever was born in Edinburgh of Orcadian parents, and was educated at the Royal High School, Edinburgh, and at the Universities of Edinburgh and Cambridge. His training was in philosophy, but during his years as an Assistant in Philosophy at Edinburgh and a lecturer at Newcastle (and his service in the Royal Navy) he nurtured an interest in Psychology, and in 1944, he was appointed to succeed his father, also James Drever, as Professor of Psychology at Edinburgh. He became Editor of the British Journal of Psychology, and served as President of the British Psychological Society in 1960-1961.

He further developed an interest in the theory, principles and practice of higher education and was appointed to the Committee on Higher Education (the Robbins Committee) in 1961. He took on the post of Master of Queen's College in 1966 to oversee its transition to University status, and became the first Principal and Vice-Chancellor in 1967. He retired in 1978, but kept up his links with the University until his death in 1991 at the age of 81.


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This collection was previously catalogued as Recs C/5.

Fonds level description compiled by Andrew Nicoll and revised by Sarah Chubb, Archives Hub Project Archivist, May 2002.

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