The citation attached to Anthony Ritchie’s award as Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 1978 was ‘for services to Science and Education in Scotland’, and this well characterised a life, and a contribution, almost without parallel in its span, diversity and intensity of service to medicine, to the sciences, to the universities, to the Royal Society of Edinburgh, to the Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland, to Libraries and to charities and numerous other bodies. His death removes from the Scottish academic and intellectual world a mind of great wisdom and extraordinary breadth of experience, and for many a friend always ready to help, bringing to all of life the highest quality and charm.
Following a distinguished undergraduate and postgraduate education at the Universities of Aberdeen and then Edinburgh, leading to a gold medal MD from Edinburgh and a number of prizes, Anthony Ritchie joined Sir James Learmonth’s team working on peripheral nerve injuries; his studies used electrophysiological recording techniques and made a significant contribution to the research. He later joined the Edinburgh physiology department staff, where he became a Senior Lecturer.
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