Bachelor, Cambridge University, England, 1951. Doctor of Philosophy, Cambridge University, England, 1955. Doctor of Science (honorary), Edinburgh University, Scotland, 1993.
DUniv (honorary), Stirling University, 1999. Doctor of Science (honorary), St. Andrews University, 2000.
He established the Department of Psychology at Saint Andrews University and his research interests centre on cognitive psychology and neuropsychology. 1945-1948 he served as an infantry officer in Germany with the 1st Battalion of the Sherwood Foresters, part of the "Desert Rats". 1955 Advanced Fellowship at Harvard,
1956 appointed lecturer in psychology at the University of Leeds
1959 Foundation Professor of Psychology at Adelaide University.
1969 Foundation Professor of Psychology at Saint Andrews University
1992 Commander of the Order of the British Empire for his services to science and to psychology in Britain.
1996-1999 President of the Royal Society of Edinburgh
He has received Honorary Degrees from Edinburgh University, Stirling University, and Street Andrews University. Amongst his various medals and prizes are the Kenneth Craik Prize in Experimental Psychology at Cambridge, the Abbie Medal in Anatomy at Adelaide University in Australia, and the Cairns Medal of the Society of Neurologists and Neurosurgeons of South Australia.
He is a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences of Britain, of the British Psychological Society, and of the Royal Society of Edinburgh. His main scientific research interests are in neuropsychology.
He was Editor-in-Chief of the international scientific journal Neuropsychologia in the 1990s.
Fellow: Royal Society Edinburgh (president 1996-1999), Academy Medical Scientists.
Married Ruth Elisabeth Hartridge. Children: Sarah Quine, Joanna.