Elected: 1978
Discipline: Biomedical and Cognitive Sciences
Professor Ronald Haxton Girdwood CBE FRSE
Ronald Haxton Girdwood, who died on 25 April 2006 in his 90th year, achieved much during his career in Academic Medicine. A graduate of Edinburgh University Medical School in 1939, he was Professor of Therapeutics at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh (1962–82), Dean of the Faculty of Medicine (1975–79), and President of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh (1982–85). An unassuming, modest and gentle man, he nonetheless had a dogged determination to succeed. In his autobiography, Travels with a Stethoscope (1991), he describes the moment, standing alone in the doorway of the Chemistry Department, when it occurred to him to attempt to graduate with Honours.

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