Dr Bruce Durie has been paper bag salesman, bus conductor, research scientist, journalist, Director of the Edinburgh Science Festival, a museum director and a senior academic at various universities. He is Genealogist and Historian to the Chief of Durie and the Durie Family Association and has a strong interest in DNA research, co-managing the Scottish DNA Project (http://www.scottishdna.net/) with Alasdair MacDonald (firstname.lastname@example.org). He is happy to take on genealogical, family history and other projects on a paid basis: See www.brucedurie.co.uk
Originally a biochemist/pharmacologist specialising in sleep research and the biochemical nature of anxiety, he was also a medical and science writer with many articles in publications as diverse as New Scientist and the Guardian. In addition, he has a long track record as a senior manager in universities, notably Kingston, Napier and the University of Strathclyde, where he was for six years Course Director, Genealogical Studies, until late 2011.
He is now Chair of Genealogy and Palaeography at the American School of Genealogy, Heraldry and Documentary Sciences (http://college-of-genealogy.com/) which is building a suite of online qualifications up to Masters level; he also teaches popular courses on Genealogy and Documents at the University of Edinburgh (http://www.ed.ac.uk/studying/short-courses/open-studies/programme/brochure).
Bruce now concentrates mainly on teaching and researching in genealogy, and on writing books. His series for 'How To Books' were international best sellers; his local history books have a strong local market; his collections of detective stories are widely acclaimed; and his comic fantasy novels have a cult following. His 'Scottish Genealogy' is an international best-seller and his series for BBC Radio Scotland 'Digging Up Your Roots' enters its seventh year in January 2012. (http://www.bbc.co.uk/podcasts/series/genealogy) Bruce is now preparing other publications for 2012, including: It is Written. Documents for Genealogy and Local History - Palaeography, Law and Language and Welsh Genealogy, (both for 'The History Press' (www.thehistorypress.co.uk).
Born in Fife, Scotland, ancestral home of the Duries, Bruce now lives in Edinburgh.