Elected: 1987
Discipline: Clinical Sciences
Sir Ian Alexander McGregor CBE FRS FRSE
Ian Alexander McGregor, was born in Cambuslang, Lanarkshire on 26th August 1922 into a family of modest means. His father was a respected tailor, his mother a thrifty housewife who ensured that, despite their modest means, the years of economic depression in the late 1920s and 1930s impacted little on the family who were always well fed and well dressed. His parents had a deep respect for education and it was no surprise that following a happy but undistinguished schooling at Rutherglen Academy, Ian aspired to follow his older stepbrothers into University. His schooldays had engendered a dislike of mathematics that, surprisingly for such an able scientist, remained with him throughout his career. He entered his final year at grammar school at the outbreak of the Second World War in 1939 and, while conscription seemed likely at the end of his schooling, he was persuaded by his family to consider further education.

For a time he was unsure whether he should pursue a career in human or veterinary medicine, and by the time he had made up his mind in the summer of 1940 it was too late to secure a place at the University of Glasgow. One of his stepbrothers, a specialist surgeon, persuaded him to apply for one of the extra-mural colleges and so Ian attended his first classes at the St Mungo College and the Glasgow Royal Infirmary in October 1940. Determined to be as good and knowledgeable a doctor as he could, Ian secured the class medals in Anatomy, Physiology, Surgery, Obstetrics and Gynaecology and Public Health with Certificates of Merit in seven other subjects.

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