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.