Doctor Thomas Thomson Paterson (1909-1994), archaeologist, palaeontologist, geologist, glaciologist, geographer, anthropologist, ethnologist, sociologist, and world authority on administration, was curator of the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology in Cambridge from 1937 to 1948. He gained his Ph.D. at Cambridge and became a Fellow of Trinity College.
In the 1930s Paterson participated in several Arctic expeditions, during which time collected many string figures, leading to his 1949 article, "Eskimo String Figures and Their Origin," Acta Arctica 3:1-98. He also participated in expeditions to East Africa, India, Greenland and Northern Canada.
A trouble-shooter for the Royal Air Force during the Second World War, after which he studied industrial relations in the British National Coal Board in detail.
While at the University of Glasgow in the Department of Social and Economic Research he founded Methectics, now Methexis. He then transferred to the University of Strathclyde and built its School of Administration to the largest in Europe. He spent time researching in South Africa before moving to Canada.