Biography of Sir Robert Grieve
Sir Robert Grieve
Sir Robert Grieve (1910-1995) was Professor of Town and Regional Planning in 1965 and from 1970 to 1974. The Sir Robert Grieve Dissertation Prizes are named for him.
Born in Glasgow, Grieve studied at the Royal College of Science and Technology and passed the final exam of the Town Planning Institute in 1937. He worked for Scottish local authorities until 1944, when he was involved in drawing up the Clyde Valley Regional Plan, and in 1946 joined the Planning Unit at the Scottish Office. In 1964 he was appointed Professor of Town and Regional Planning at the University but left the following year to become Chairman of the Highlands and Islands Development Board.
Grieve returned to the University Chair in 1970. He held offices in many influential committees and inquiries after his retirement in 1974, including those of chairman of an inquiry into Glasgow's housing conditions in the 1980s (for which he was awarded the Lord Provost's Award for Outstanding Public Service) and of the steering committee which produced A Claim of Right for Scotland in 1988, the blueprint for a devolved Scottish parliament.