James Douglas Hamilton New Zealand Scotland

Biography of James Douglas Hamilton

James Douglas Hamilton graduated BSc from the University in 1953. He 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, Scotland.

Hamilton matriculated at the University of Glasgow for the first time in 1945 and studied for six years between 1945-46, and 1948-52. His studies were interrupted from 1946-1948 as he carried out his national service in the Royal Navy. Hamilton graduated with a First Class Honours degree in Zoology in 1953.

He continued at the University as a researcher from 1953-55 and was employed as an assistant in the University until 1959. During this period he assisted Dr Harry Slack with the running of and 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 in 1970, 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.


James Douglas Hamilton
Born 30 October 1928.
Died 18 April 2006.
GU Degree: BSc, 1953; Medical, Veterinary and Life Sciences,
University Link: Alumnus, Graduate
Occupation categories: biologists; zoologists
English snippet: Zoology graduate of the University of Glasgow, Academic of freshwater science in Scotland
Record last updated: 17th May 2013

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New Zealand New Zealand, Levin
Place of Birth

Scotland Scotland, Glasgow
Place of Death

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