Elected: 1950
Discipline: Unspecified at this time
Professor Neil Campbell OBE FRSE
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Neil Campbell was born in Edinburgh on 29 August 1903 and died in Kinghorn on 24 July 1996. He spent ‎his early formative years at George Watson’s College with which he maintained strong ties throughout his ‎life, being elected President of the Watsonian Club 1962-63. He was an outstanding athlete and whilst at ‎Watson’s he had particular success in running the quarter mile and playing rugby for the 1st XV. At ‎Edinburgh University he was inspired by the great runner Eric Liddell, who went on to win a Gold Medal in ‎the 1924 Paris Olympics. Campbell ran in many races with Liddell and in his own words, “often admired his ‎style from behind”. These were vintage years for University athletics and Campbell was awarded his ‎Edinburgh University Blue in 1925. Success on the track and on the Rugby field later inspired him to help ‎and encourage others. This he did at all levels with characteristic enthusiasm, whether at a modest school ‎sports, the Scottish Amateur Athletic Association, or the Empire and Commonwealth Games. He was ‎selected as an official timekeeper for the 1958 Empire Games and played a prominent part in the ‎organisation of the Commonwealth Games in Edinburgh in 1970. His Rugby career was cut short by injury ‎but he continued as a referee, becoming a well-known “whistler” who commanded the respect of the whole ‎Borders. In this, as in every other aspect of his life, his integrity and impartiality were widely recognised. ‎