George Malcolm Ross SmithBMJ 2008; 337 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.a3052 (Published 22 December 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;337:a3052
- John MacFie
George Malcolm Ross Smith—George, as he was known to all—was born in Naini Tal in the foothills of the Himalayas in 1936. His father was a civil engineer with the Indian Service of Engineers. His mother was a dentist who had graduated from Edinburgh Dental School in the early 1930s.
George attended the Woodstock School in Mussoorie, India, between 1943 and 1944. In 1945 he went to Edinburgh Academy as a boarder, where he excelled academically and won a cup for the best junior piper. In 1954 he won the Palmer Anatomy Scholarship to St Mary’s, Paddington, and subsequently was awarded a first class honours BSc. He entered medical school at St Mary’s, Paddington, subsequently completing his clinical studies at the John Radcliffe, Oxford. He qualified in …