Biography of Hamish Barber
James Hill (known as Hamish) Barber (1933-2007) was Norie-Miller Professor of General Practice from 1974 to 1994.
Born in Dunfermline, Barber qualified as a physician at the University of Edinburgh in 1957. After serving in the RAF he worked in general practice in Callander, obtaining his MD in 1966 with a thesis entitled A Study of Asymptomatic Bacteriuria in General Practice. In 1972 he was appointed Senior Lecturer at the University of Glasgow and, finding there was no textbook for General Practice, wrote The Textbook of General Practice Medicine. During his tenure of the Norie-Miller Chair, he introduced computer-assisted learning and was highly successful in raising funds from pharmaceutical companies for clinical trials.