Donald MacKay was born in Lybster in the far north of Scotland on 9 August 1922 and died in Newcastle-under-Lyme on 6 February 1987. His father was a minister of the Free Church and he remained, as he was brought up, a convinced evangelical Christian. He was educated at Wick High School, at St Andrews (BSc natural philosophy, 1943) and at London University, where he was awarded a PhD in 1951 for a thesis on analogue computing. He had worked for the Admiralty in radar research from 1943 to 1946, when he was appointed as a lecturer in the Physics Department at King's College London, where he was promoted to reader in 1959. He was appointed Granada Professor of Communication and Neuroscience at Keele from 1960 to 1982, when he retired as an emeritus professor. He was considerably in demand as a public lecturer and contributed to a number of distinguished lecture series, including the Gifford Lectures at Glasgow in 1986 (posthumously edited by his wife and published as Behind the Eye, 1991). He was a fellow of the Institute of Physicists and held an honorary DSc from St Andrews.
From The Continuum Encyclopedia of British Philosophy in Oxford Reference.