Biography of Eric Cruickshank
Eric Kennedy Cruickshank (1914-2007) was Professor of Postgraduate Medical Education from 1972 to 1980.
Cruickshank, who was born in Dumfries, was educated at Aberdeen Grammar School and the University of Aberdeen. He graduated MB, ChB (Honours) in 1937 and MD (Honours)and gold medal in 1948. He was a Fellow at Harvard and Massachussetts General Hospital in 1938-1939 before returning to Aberdeen as Lecturer and then Senior Lecturer in the Department of Medicine. He was an NHS Honorary Consultant in Aberdeen from 1948 to 1950.
Cruickshank served as a Captain in the RAMC during the Second World War and was mentioned twice in despatches. He was interned at the notorious Changi Prisoner of War Camp in Singapore.
In 1950, Cruickshank moved to Jamaica to take up an appointment as Professor of Medicine at the University College of the West Indies at Mona. He was the first Head of Department in the Faculty of Medical Sciences at UCWI and became Dean of the Faculty, and he was instrumental in the formation of the Department of Social and Preventive Medicine. He left Jamaica for Glasgow in 1972.
Cruickshank was awarded an OBE in 1961. He published on nutrition, neurology and medical education.