By the death of Dr Pinkerton on 22nd November 1930, at the comparatively early age of 60, we lost a fellow member who in times past had given varied and valuable service to our Society, and who, as Rector of the High School of Glasgow, occupied a distinguished position among Scottish teachers.
Peter Pinkerton was born in Kilmarnock on 8th June, 1870. He received his early education in the Academy there, and was Medallist in Classics and Mathematics. In 1886 he entered Glasgow University. In 1890 he graduated M.A. with First-class Honours in Mathematics and Natural Philosophy, and was awarded the Breadalbane and John Clark Scholarships in those subjects. For two years thereafter he attended the Royal College of Science, Dublin. He took first places in Mathematics, Mechanics, Physics and Chemistry, and second place in Botany.