Frederick Tuckman (Friedrich August Tuchmann) was born in Magdeburg in June 1922. Tuckman studied at the Landschulheim Herrlingen, a German Jewish co-educational boarding school, 1934-8, followed by the Jewish School of Commerce in Berlin. From March 1939 to February 1940 he attended the Pitman's College, London. He served in the RAF from 1942 to 1946, firstly as a wireless operator and later running an educational vocational school. He studied for a BSc (Econ.) at the London School of Economics, 1946-9. In 1965 Tuckman joined the newly created Hay MSL. He was a managing director of Hay Unternehmensberatung, Frankfurt, 1970-80, and chairman of Suomen Hay, Helsinki, 1973-81. In 1989 Tuckman set up business as a European management consultant. He was honorary secretary of the Conservative Bow Group, 1958-9, a Conservative councillor for the London Borough of Camden, 1965-71, and Conservative Member of the European Parliament for Leicester, 1979-89. Between 1981 and 1989, Tuckman was Conservative spokesman on social and employment affairs. He was President of the Anglo-Jewish Association, 1989-95 and was awarded an OBE and the Grosse Verdienstkreuz of the Federal Republic of Germany in 1990.
From the guide to the Papers of F.A. Tuckman, 1934-1985, (University of Southampton Libraries Special Collections)