Elected F.R.S. 1991
Allan Mackintosh was a gifted physics student at Cambridge University, whose later career was quite unusual. After obtaining his B.A. as a scholar at Peterhouse College in 1957, he worked in the Royal Society Mond Laboratory under the supervision of Professor A.B. Pippard. For his thesis on an ‘Experimental study of the Fermi surface of lead’, he was awarded his Ph.D. in 1960. He spent seven years as a Professor at Ames, Iowa, and returned to Europe to hold two Professorships in Copenhagen. He became Director of the Danish National Laboratory at Risø from 1971 to 1976, and of NORDITA from 1986 to 1989. He was President of the Danish Physical Society from 1976 to 1979, and of the European Physical Society from 1980 to 1982.