Elected: 1967
Discipline: Biomedical and Cognitive Sciences
Professor Samuel Cherrie Frazer FRSE

Emeritus Professor of Chemical Pathology, University of Aberdeen.

Samuel Cherrie Frazer (Sam) FRSE, formerly Professor of Chemical Pathology at Aberdeen University, and an innovative leader in the early years of the discipline of Clinical Biochemistry, passed away in October 2016 in Brisbane, Australia at the age of 93 after a short illness.

Sam and his sister Helen were born of working class parents in the aftermath of the first World War in Airdrie, Scotland. Sam was educated at Airdrie Academy, where he excelled in science and mathematics, winning many medals and awards, and acquired a love of outdoor activities, playing cricket, badminton and soccer with no particular talent, and enjoying hill walking. He won a competitive scholarship to Glasgow University shortly after the early death of his father, and on the advice of his headmaster (“I don’t know what it is about, but they tell me it’s the upcoming subject”) he decided to study Biochemistry and Medicine. The Second World War intervened, and he was in consequence only allowed to study one degree, choosing Medicine, at which he excelled, winning medals and prizes in many of the subjects he studied.  Read full obituary