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Prof. R. C. Garry

Nature volume 160, page 117 (26 July 1947) | Download Citation



Prof. Robert Campbell Gabby has been appointed to succeed Prof. Cathcart in the regius chair of physiology at Glasgow. Prof. Garry, who was the most distinguished graduate of his year (1922) in the University of Glasgow, obtaining his M.B., Ch.B. degree with first class honours, has held the chair of physiology at University College, Dundee, since 1935. After a period of training both in research and teaching in the Physiology Laboratory of the University of Glasgow and at Freiburg under the late Prof. Paul Trendelenburg and with Prof. Lovatt Evans at University College, London, he was appointed in 1933 head of the Physiology Department of the Rowett Institute in Aberdeen. This post he held until his promotion to Dundee. Prof. Garry has had considerable experience in administration work, as he has served for two terms of three years as assessor on the University Court of the University of St. Andrews and as an elected representative on the Council of University College, Dundee. He has always, since his earliest days in the Physiology Department of the University of Glasgow, been interested in the popularization of science, and was one of the pioneer lecturers in physiology to classes organised by the Workers Educational Association. This work, as well as his series of school broadcasts, was most successful. Prof. Garry has always been a keen research worker; in his early days his activities were directed to applied physiology, and latterly they have in the main been turned to general experimental work, particularly to the relation of the caudal region of the large bowel, and more recently to problems of nutrition. He is an editor of the newly founded British Journal of Nutrition. Prof. Garry was elected in 1943 a member of the editorial board (and is now chairman of the board) of the Journal of Physiology. He was elected a fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh in 1936 and was a member of its Council during 1938–41.

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