Ronald Girdwood graduated from Edinburgh University in 1939 and was Professor of Therapeutics at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh from 1962 to 1982, Dean of the Faculty of Medicine from 1975 to 1979, and President of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh from 1982 to 1985. Girdwood was drafted to India during World War II where he researched anaemia epidemics amongst British and Indian troops. His research was celebrated by haematologists and published in many volumes, including Davison’s Principles and Practice of Medicine. He was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) for services to medicine in 1986.


  • Date of interview: August 1995
  • Archive reference: OBJ/ORA/1/18
  • Interviewer: Martin Eastwood


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