KCMG 1967 (CMG 1950); FBA 1961; Master of St. Peterís College, Oxford since 1969; Chancellor, University of Glasgow since 1972.
Born 11th Feb 1911, 3rd son of Alexander Kirkland and Elizabeth Anderson Cairncross, Lesmahagow, Scotland.
Married 1943, Mary Francis Glynn; three sons, two daughters.
Educated Hamilton Academy; Glasgow and Cambridge Universities.
University lecturer, 1935-39; Civil Servant, 1940-45; Director of Programmes, Ministry of Aircraft Production, 1945; Economic Advisory Panel, Berlin, 1945-46; Member of Staff of the Economist, 1946. Member of Wool Working Party, 1946. Economic Advisor to the Board of Trade, 1946-49. Economic Advisor to Organisation for European Economic Co-operation, 1949-50. Prof. Of Applied Economics, University of Glasgow, 1951-61. Director, Economic Development Inst., Washington DC, 1955-56. Economic Advisor to HM Government, 1961-64. Head of Govt. Economic Service, 1964-69.
Chairman, Local Development Committee, 1951-52. Member, Crofting Commn, 1951-54. Philips Committee, 1953-54. Anthrax Committee, 1957-59. Radcliffe Committee, 1957-59. Council of Management, National Institute of Economic and Social Research, PEP. Court of Governors, London School of Economics. Council, Royal Economic Society, (Pres. 1968-70). President, Scottish Economic Society, 1969-71. Section F, British Assoc. for Advancement of Science, 1969. British Assoc. for Advancement of Science, 1970-71. Editor, Scottish Journal of Political Economy, 1954-61. Hon. LLD, Mount Allison University, 1962; Glasgow Univ., 1966; Exeter Univ., 1969; Hon. DLitt, Reading Univ., 1968; Heriot-Watt Univ., 1969; Hon. DSc (Econ) Univ. of Wales, 1971.