Reasons to be thankfulBMJ 1999; 319 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.319.7213.844 (Published 25 September 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;319:844
- Neville W Goodman, consultant anaesthetist
Big Bob Torrance is dead. I last saw him in 1990. Knowing that he was to retire and that, fortuitously, the Physiological Society was meeting in Oxford that summer, I went to the meeting. At a similar meeting, under his tutelage, I had made my fledgling scientific presentation 20 years earlier. As I walked through the familiar front door of the physiology department, Bob was the first person I saw. I had not seen him for over 15 years. Within three minutes it was as if I'd just come into the laboratory to report last night's experiment.
I was a perfect research student for him. My mouth was exactly at the height of the hearing aid microphone he wore in his shirt pocket. He was the perfect research supervisor. He suggested things …