Professor Stanley Nisbet will be remembered with affection by generations of Glasgow University students. He was professor of education there for 27 years, from 1951 to 1978, the first person to hold that Chair.
His lectures and his writings were characterised by clarity and brevity, and he had little time for the jargon of the day. Possibly the most influential of his books was Purpose in the Curriculum, published in 1957. At a time when educational research was largely psychological and statistical, this book set out a structure for analysis of the content of school work, and marked the beginning of what is now known as Curriculum Studies. He also was closely involved in the formation of the Scottish Educational Research Association, chairing the committee which drafted its constitution, winning its acceptance by the research community.