Biography of Alexander Fleck Baron Fleck of Saltcoats
Alexander Fleck, Baron Fleck (1889-1968) was an alumnus of the University who became one of Britain's leading industrialists. He was awarded an honorary LLD in 1953 and he was the founder of the Robert and Agnes Fleck Scholarship.
Born in Glasgow, Fleck left school at the age of fourteen and became a laboratory assistant at the University, where he assisted the Chemistry lecturer and future Nobel Prize winner, Frederick Soddy, with his research. He attended night classes in Chemistry and then became a full-time student at the University, gaining an Honours degree in 1911. In 1916 was awarded a DSc for research on the chemistry of radio elements and the following year he joined a chemical company in England, which became part of ICI in 1926. He held a number of senior management positions with ICI before becoming Chairman in 1953.
In 1958 Fleck was President of the British Association for the Advancement of Science, and he unveiled a plaque at the University commemorating the achievements of his former colleague, Frederick Soddy, during its annual meeting in Glasgow. He served on numerous government committees, was honored by many academic institutions and societies, and he was appointed KBE in 1955 and created a baron in 1961.
Alexander Fleck Baron Fleck of Saltcoats
Born 11 November 1889.
Died 6 August 1968.
University Link: Alumnus, Benefactor
GU Degrees: DSc, 1916; LLD, 1953; BSc, 1911;
Occupation categories: chemists; industrialists
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Record last updated: 10th Apr 2015