Hector Hetherington was born in Cowdenbeath on 21 July 1888 and died unexpectedly on a visit to London on 15 January 1965. He was the eldest son of Thomas Hetherington and his wife Helen Mundell, a farmer's daughter. He grew up in Tillicoultry, where his father was the village chemist and postmaster, and later a JP. After attending Dollar Academy he studied at Glasgow University (1905–10), graduating MA with honours in classics, philosophy and economics. At Glasgow Hetherington was much influenced by the Professor of Moral Philosophy, Sir Henry Jones, who appointed him his assistant (1910–14). Subsequently he was lecturer in philosophy at Sheffield (1914–15); Professor of Logic and Philosophy at Cardiff (1915–20); Principal and Professor of Philosophy at Exeter (1920–24); Professor of Moral Philosophy at Glasgow (1924–7) (following Lindsay who succeeded Jones); Vice-Chancellor of Liverpool University (1927–36); and Principal and Vice-Chancellor of Glasgow University (1936–61). In 1914 Hetherington married Alison Reid, also a Glasgow graduate. Of their two sons the younger, Alastair, was editor of the Guardian from 1956 to 1975.
From The Continuum Encyclopedia of British Philosophy in Oxford Reference.