Papers of James Douglas Hamilton, 1928-2006, science graduate, University of Glasgow, Scotland

Scope and Content

  • School papers, 1945;
  • University notes, 1945-1952;
  • Matriculation cards and class tickets, including fee information, 1945-1953;
  • Publications, 1953-1958.

Administrative / Biographical History

James Douglas Hamilton was born in Levin, New Zealand on 30 October 1928 , son of Archibald, a Lithographer. He was educated in Auckland Grammar School, and then Rutherglen Academy. He matriculated at the University of Glasgow for the first time in 1945  and studied for six years. His studies were interrupted from 1946-1948 as he carried out his national service in the Royal Navy. He graduated with a First Class Honours degree in Zoology in 1953 . He continued at the University as a researcher from 1953-1955  and was employed as an assistant in the University until 1959 . During this period he assisted Dr Harry Slack with the running of freshwater field courses at the University's Rossdhu field station in Loch Lomond, the first British University Freshwater Field Station. In 1957 , Hamilton was appointed as a lecturer in Zoology at Paisley Technical College (now the University of the West of Scotland), where he was later made senior lecturer in Biology, and where he remained until his retirement in 1989 . Hamilton remained active in the area of freshwater research throughout his career, serving on many committees, as well as being a founder member of the Scottish Freshwater Group and of the Loch Lomond Research Group.


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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


Fonds level description created by Andrew Thomson, Hub Project Archivist, 22 April 2005.

Catalogue amended and enhanced by Kath Roper-Caldbeck, cataloguing volunteer, 12th June 2018.

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