Elected: 1979
Discipline: Cell and Molecular Biology
Professor Hugh Sommerville Forrest FRSE

Professor, Department of Zoology, University of Texas at Austin.

Hugh Forrest who has died aged 94, was a renowned researcher in the field of biochemical genetics who spent nearly all of his scientific career in the USA.

He was the fifth and youngest son of Archibald and Margaret Watson Forrest. His father was a master butcher who owned a shop in Victoria Road on the south side of Glasgow which was carried on until 1984 by Hugh’s brother, Bob. The commercial success of the shop meant that Hugh and his brothers had a comfortable upbringing in Pollokshaws Road, Shawlands. He attended primary school at Shawlands Academy before moving on to secondary school at Hutchesons Grammar School in 1935. His eldest brother, Sam, had been Dux of the school in 1931 and another brother, Jack, was also academically very able so perhaps much was expected of Hugh when he arrived. Both he and a lifelong friend, Jack Dunitz, (later to have an outstanding scientific career in the field of chemical crystallography) were the subject of strenuous but unsuccessful efforts by the Rector, W Tod Ritchie, to persuade them to drop their determination to focus on science subjects in favour of the classics – more appropriate (the Rector thought) for boys of high academic ability. Read more about Hugh Forrest