Henry Gemmell MorganBMJ 2007; 334 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.39190.610127.BE (Published 03 May 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;334:959
- Jim Shepherd,
- Alan Shenkin
Professor Gemmell Morgan lived in an era of unprecedented technological change in the provision of healthcare in Scotland and his drive and enthusiasm put him at the forefront of that process. The science of clinical biochemistry in the country owes more to him than to anyone else of his generation.
Born into a well-known east coast medical family (his father, Dr J M Morgan, was senior physician to the Royal Infirmary in Dundee), he was educated at Dundee High School, Merchison Castle School, and the University of St Andrews, where he graduated BSc in 1943 and MB ChB (with commendation) in 1946. After house jobs in Dundee and short spells of paediatrics in Kent and general practice in the Carse of Gowrie, he was drawn to the challenges of pathology in Dundee Royal Infirmary, where, contrary to the trend to settle on morbid anatomy (histopathology) as a career, his enquiring mind turned to the development of clinical biochemistry almost as a hobby. His obvious enthusiasm for his subject led him to be appointed in independent charge of clinical biochemistry at Dundee Royal from 1952 onwards, and to encourage interest in his subject he immediately went about designing an extensive final year undergraduate …