Biography of Sir Hector Hetherington
Sir Hector James Wright Hetherington (1888-1965) was Principal of the University from 1936 until 1961. The Hetherington Building is named for him.
Born in Cowdenbeath, Hetherington studied at the University from 1905 to 1910. He was a lecturer in the Department of Moral Philosophy from 1910 until 1914.
After occupying a number of academic positions in England, and a brief spell at the University as Professor of Moral Philosophy from 1924 to 1927, Hetherington became Vice-Chancellor of the Univerity of Liverpool. His success resulted in another return to the University, as Principal, in 1936.
Hetherington was created a knight in 1936 and became KBE in 1948 and GBE in 1962. In 1961 he became a Freeman of the City of Glasgow.