The Madras College Archive
Former Pupil Biographies
Professor James Gourlay Clunie (1926 - 2013)
One of the reasons that the headmaster was able to say that they had maintained their high standards was the fact that several of the former pupils, including Clunie, were by this time being highly successful at university.
Clunie left Madras College in 1945 having been awarded the Sir William Robertson Medal as Dux in Science and the Tullis Medal as Dux in Mathematics. In the autumn of 1945 he matriculated at the University of St Andrews where he studied mathematics, applied mathematics and physics. Clunie graduated with a First Class Honours B.Sc. in Mathematics in 1949 and for his outstanding performance he was awarded the Carstairs Prize. In his final two honours years he had studied the five compulsory topics, Geometry, Algebra, Analysis, Statics, and Dynamics. There were also five optional courses on offer from which he had to choose two. Clunie chose the optional courses Statistics and Special Functions.
After graduating, Clunie went to Aberdeen to undertake research at the
University of Aberdeen. He was awarded his Ph.D. by the University of Aberdeen in 1952
for his thesis On Certain Topics Concerning the External Behaviour of
These two papers were certainly not the only ones he published over these years. Other papers are: An extension of quasi-monotone series (1953); On Bose-Einstein functions (1954); Univalent regions of integral functions (1954); The asymptotic paths of integral functions of infinite order (1955); On a theorem of Collingwood and Valiron (1955); The asymptotic behaviour of integral functions (1955); Note on integral functions of infinite order (1955); Note on a theorem of Parthasarathy (1955); The maximum modulus of an integral function of an integral function (1955); and Series of positive terms (1955).
After the award of his doctorate from the University of Aberdeen, Clunie was appointed as a lecturer in mathematics at the University College of North Staffordshire, which was in Keele, Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffordshire, and became Keele University in 1961. He married Nancy Tuff (born 22 October 1922) at Newcastle-under-Lyme at the beginning of 1955. Their daughter Fiona was born on 25 October 1955.
Clunie did not remain at the University College of North Staffordshire
until it became Keele University for, in 1956, he moved to London. Walter
Hayman was appointed as the first Professor of Pure Mathematics at
Imperial College, London, in 1956 and immediately began to build a major
research centre for complex analysis. Clunie was one of Hayman's first
appointments to Imperial College. At Imperial College he had an exceptionally productive research
Clunie spent the academic year 1959-60 in the United States.
At the age of 39, Clunie was promoted to a professorship at Imperial College in 1964.