James Wilson HarkessBMJ 2007; 335 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.39262.693229.BE (Published 12 July 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;335:103
- Donald A L Dick
Born June 1925 in Edinburgh, James Wilson Harkess attended George Heriot School and then Edinburgh University, graduating in 1948.
A lifelong scholar, he was most grateful for his education and to his teachers. In turn, he inspired his students and graduates with his enthusiasm, conscientiousness, attention to detail, and a desire to know how and why things worked in science and medicine.
Completing house appointments, James was drafted for UK military service, serving mostly in Malaya and Singapore. He returned to Princess Margaret Rose Hospital to continue his interest in orthopaedics, and from there he sought further experience in the United States at the Albany Hospital, Albany, New York. As an outstanding resident, he was asked to stay on and complete its surgical programme.