Elected: 1971
Discipline: Clinical Sciences
Sir Abraham Goldberg FRSE
Professor Sir Abraham Goldberg, who has died aged 83, was one of the most outstanding physician scientists of his generation.

Known to all as Abe, Abraham Goldberg was born to immigrant parents from Lithuania and the Ukraine. He excelled throughout his life as a doctor, scientist, teacher, mentor, supporter of good causes and as a dedicated family man.

It was as a young boy at primary school in Edinburgh that he fell seriously ill with rheumatic fever, a disease whose late effects 70 years later were to lead to the stroke which so disabled him in the final year of his life.

A distinguished pupil at George Heriot’s, Goldberg won the Crichton scholarship to Edinburgh University medical school, where he was taught and influenced by a number of luminaries, including Sir Sydney Smith, the forensic science pioneer and Jamieson, the renowned anatomist. He graduated in 1946 and a few months later, in 1946, was conscripted into the Royal Army Medical Corps and served two years in Egypt as Senior Medical Officer, rising to the rank of Major.

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