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Norman Grist
Norman Grist

Norman Roy Grist (1918-2010) was a graduate of the University who was head of the Regional Virus Laboratory at Ruchill Hospital from 1958 to 1983 and Professor of Infectious Diseases from 1965 to 1983.

Grist graduated from the University BSc (1939) and MB, ChB (1942), and served during the Second World War as a Medical Officer, taking part in the Normandy Landings and advancing with his unit to Germany and then going to Palestine. He returned to Glasgow as a house surgeon at the Victoria Infirmary and then resident physician at Ruchill Hospital, before becoming Research Assistant at the University's Department of Infectious Diseases in 1948. He became Lecturer in Virus Diseases in 1958 and Reader in Viral Epidemiology in 1962, and he was appointed to the Chair of Infectious Diseases three years later.

During his tenure of the University Chair, Grist continued to research and contribute papers on epidemiological virology. He was Regional Adviser in Virology to the Scottish Western Regional Hospital Board, 1960 to 1974 and a member of the Expert Advisory Panel on Virus Diseases to the World Health Organisation, 1967 to 2001.

Norman Grist died on the 7th June 2010, see obituary notice.


Norman Grist
Viral Epidemiologist

Born 1918, Doncaster, England.
Died 7 June 2010.
GU Degrees: BSc, 1939; MB ChB, 1942;
University Link: Alumnus, Lecturer, Professor
Occupation categories: physicians
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Record last updated: 15th Jun 2010

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