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Professor Alexander Macbeath

Biography of Professor Alexander Macbeath

Professor Alexander Macbeath graduated from the University of Glasgow with an MA on the 20th November 1915. He was born in 1888 in Applecross, Ross-shire and he was a fluent Gaelic speaker. Alexander was educated at a Glasgow grammar school before attending the University of Glasgow. He studied subjects such as Moral Philosophy and Logic and received a variety of prizes including a first class certificate of merit in Logic and Metaphysics as well as the Alexander Smart Memorial Prize. Alexander Macbeath also served as a soldier in WWI during his studies.

Alexander received a lectureship in Moral Philosophy at the University of Glasgow in 1920. In 1923 he was appointed senior lecturer of Logic and Metaphysics at the University of Glasgow. Two years later he was elected to the chair at Belfast where he remained a professor at Queen’s University Belfast from 1925-1954.

Professor Macbeath's major philosophical works include: The Relationship of Primitive Morality and Religion, 1948 and Experiments in Living, 1952. In 1921 he married Grace Stewart and they had three children.

Macbeath was heavily involved in the field of social services and was secretary to the Council of the Glasgow Charity Organization Society in 1919 and at Belfast he served on the Council for Social Welfare for 27 years. He was also a prominent member of the Council for Civil Liberties. His service to the community in Northern Ireland was recognized in his appointment as a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in 1953.

Professor Macbeath died on 15th December 1964 aged 76.


Professor Alexander Macbeath
Born 16 October 1888.
Died 15 December 1964.
University Link: Graduate, Professor
GU Degrees: MA, 1915; LLD, 1952;
Record last updated: 22nd Sep 2016

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