Biography of George Bishop
George Robert Bishop (1927-2008) was the University's first Kelvin Professor of Natural Philosophy, from 1964 to 1976.
Bishop is a graduate of Christ Church, Oxford (MA, D Phil) and was ICI Research Fellow at the Clarendon Laboratory from 1951 to 1953, working in nuclear physicis. After conducting further research in nuclear systems as Research Fellow at St Antony's College, he went to the École Normale Supérieure, carrying out research on two particle accelerators, and in 1962 was appointed professor associé at the Faculty of Sciences of Orsay. He came to Glasgow in 1964 to take charge of the research programme associated with the University's 100-MeV electron linear accelerator at the National Engineering Laboratory in East Kilbride.
In 1974, Bishop was appointed Director of the Department of Natural and Physical Sciences at the European Commission's Joint Research Council at Ispra in Italy. He was Director General of the JRC from 1983 to 1992 and he was made a CBE in 1993. He died at his home in Italy in October 2008.