Elected F.R.S. 1969
Thomas Angus Lyall Paton was born in Jersey on 10 May 1905, a descendant of a family of flaxspinners from Montrose. His father was a journalist and author with a classics degree from Oxford University. His mother was the daughter of a civil engineering contractor named Easton Gibb and his uncle was Alexander Gibb, founder of the firm of consulting engineers bearing his name, with which Angus Paton spent his whole working career.