Norman Wingate Pirie was born in Midhurst, Sussex on 1 July 1907 and died in Harpenden, Hertfordshire on 29 March 1997. The youngest child of the painter Sir George and his wife Jean, he was raised in the family home at Wardend, Stirlingshire and entered Emmanuel College (Cambridge), graduating BA in biochemistry (1929). While at Cambridge Pirie made the acquaintance of such luminaries as J.D. Bernal and J.B.S. Haldane, and, like many of his colleagues, became involved with socialist groups concerned with national and international causes. He subsequently became active in the Association of Scientific Workers, various anti-war movements and the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament – associations which led to travel restrictions during the Cold War.
From The Continuum Encyclopedia of British Philosophy in Oxford Reference.