He was born in Helmsdale, Sutherland, Scotland and educated at the local school. He then attended George Watson's College in Edinburgh and then the University of Edinburgh where he read English, graduating in 1951 with first class honours.
After BLitt studies at the University of Oxfordhe was appointed assistant lecturer in English at the University of Edinburgh from 1955 to 1956 and later lecturer. In 1964 he joined the University of Aberdeen as senior lecturer progressing to Professor of English from 1965 to 1968. He then became Regius Professor of English Literature from 1968 to 1984, also holding various other administrative positions. He became Warden of Goldsmiths, University of London from 1984 to 1992 and Professor (Emeritus) from 1988 to 1992. He was Vice-Chancellor of the University from 1994 to 1997.
| Vice-Chancellor of University of London
1994 – 1997
Professor Graham J. Zellick CBE QC
Andrew Rutherford may refer to:
Andrew Rutherford, 1st Earl of Teviot (died 1664), mercenary and Scottish peer
Andrew Rutherford (English scholar) (1929–1998), Regius Professor of English Literature at the University of Aberdeen and Warden of Goldsmiths College, University of London
Andrew Rutherford (pastoralist) (c. 1809–1894), Australian pastoralist and politician
Andrew Rutherford (politician) (1842–1918), New Zealand sheep breeder and politician
Andrew Rutherford (rector) (fl. 1840s), rector of the University of Glasgow
Andrew Rutherford (lutenist) (born 195?), American lutenist and luthier