Historian honoured in New York

Eminent Edinburgh historian Sir Tom Devine has received an award in the US in recognition of his work.

The Sir William Fraser Professor Emeritus of Scottish History and Palaeography received the American-Scottish Foundation's Wallace Award at a reception in New York City.

Established by the Foundation in 1970, the Wallace Award is given annually, recognising the contribution of Scots around the world.

During the ceremony, Professor Devine’s work in helping focus attention and understanding of the Scottish global diaspora was highlighted.

The Wallace Award is as much a deserved accolade for my University as for myself. It is difficult indeed to think of another Scottish institution which has done more to further links with the US over more than three centuries. I am proud to have played a small part in the development of that relationship. It is also marvellous to reflect on the new bonds which have been created and developed in more recent times, including the scholarly collaboration and engagement between Edinburgh and some of the most illustrious universities in the US and the recruitment of so many able undergraduate and postgraduate students who have crossed the Atlantic to study in Scotland.

Professor Sir Tom DevineSir William Fraser Professor Emeritus of Scottish History and Palaeography

Distinguished career

Professor Devine joined the University of Edinburgh in January 2006. During his time with the University, he has raised several millions of pounds for advanced research in Scottish history and Irish-Scottish Studies. In 2001 he was presented by HM the Queen with the Royal Gold Medal, Scotland's supreme academic accolade, and appointed OBE in the New Year Honours List 2005 for services to Scottish history.

In 2008 he became the founding director of the Scottish Centre for Diaspora Studies. This has enabled close examination of a process of human mobility which has had significant effects on the histories of Northern Ireland, North America, the Caribbean, South Africa, Asia and Australasia.

More awards

Edinburgh honorary graduate Sir Tom Farmer, the businessman and philanthropist, also received a Wallace Award at the event.

The reception came at the end of a week-long series of events staged by the University on the west coast of the US.

The ‘pop-up’ campus saw conferences, lectures and receptions taking place in around San Francisco.

Events covered a diverse array of topics, including big data, informatics and robotics, clean energy and carbon innovation, as well as themes associated with compassion.

More details on the ‘pop-up’ events, including a blog can be viewed here.

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