Biography of Bernard Hague
Bernard Hague(1893-1960) was James Watt Professor of Electrical Engineering at the University from 1946 to 1960, Dean of the Engineering Faculty from 1953 to 1957 and a President of the International Student Club. In 1960 he founded the Muriel Thorne Hague Memorial Prize in Music in memory of his wife.
Born in Barnsley, Hague graduated with a BSc in Electrical Engineering (with first class honours) from the City and Guilds College in London, and obtained an MSc (in 1919) and a DSc (1927) at Imperial College. He lectured at the Royal Aircraft Establishment and then at Imperial College until 1923, when he was invited to become a lecturer in Electrical Engineering at the University. In 1926 he was awarded a doctorate for his thesis "Testing of instrument transformers."
Hague became a senior lecturer in 1930 and sixteen years later he was appointed to the James Watt Chair of Electrical Engineering. He was a respected scholar and teacher but was also well known for his love of music. He played the oboe in the University's orchestra, collected and restored musical instruments and was a member of the Royal Scottish Academy of Music. He left his collection of musical instruments to the Hunterian Museum and Art Gallery.