Biography of Alexander Lindsay 1st Baron Lindsay
Alexander Dunlop Lindsay, 1st Baron Lindsay (1879-1952), was a graduate of the University who was Professor of Moral Philosophy from 1922 to 1924. He set up the University's Extra-Mural Education Committee (the forerunner of the Department of Adult and Continuing Education) in 1924 and he was awarded an LLD in 1925.
Born in Glasgow, the son of the Principal of the United Free Church College, Lindsay graduated MA (1899) from the University and went on to study at University College, Oxford where he gained firsts in Moderations and Greats and was President of the Oxford Union. He was an assistant lecturer in Philosophy at Victoria University of Manchester from 1904 until 1906, when he was elected a Fellow and Tutor at Balliol College, Oxford. He volunteered for the Army during the First World War, was mentioned in despatches, and rose to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. He was appointed CBE in 1919.
Lindsay spent only two years in the Chair at Glasgow, where he gave a series of lectures jointly promoted by the Independent Labour Party and Workers Educational Association exploring the ideas of Karl Marx, and was Chairman of the University's Extra-Mural Education Committee. In 1926 he returned to Oxford as Master of Balliol College. He was subsequently Vice-Chancellor of the University of Oxford, 1935 to 1938 and was created a baronet in 1945. In 1949 he was appointed the first Principal of the University College of North Staffordshire, which became the University of Keele.