Elected: 1981
Discipline: Unspecified at this time
Professor James Clark Gentles FRSE
In 1947 Carl Browning, the very distinguished Professor of Bacteriology in the University of Glasgow, decided to establish a unit specialising in fungal diseases of humans (Medical Mycology) in his department in the Western Infirmary. To realise that aim he turned, not to a medical, but to a young man, James Gentles, who had graduated with a First Class honours degree in Botany, held a Distillers Company Scholarship, and was a lecturer in Botany in the University of Glasgow. At that time, the study of fungal diseases of plants played a major part in the Botany honours course.

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