Robert Garry

Biography of Robert Garry

Robert Campbell Garry
Robert Campbell Garry

Robert Campbell Garry (1900-1993) was a graduate of the University and Regius Professor of Physiology from 1947 until 1970.

Born in Glasgow, the son of a teacher, Garry studied Medicine at the University and graduated MB, ChB in 1922, winning the Brunton Memorial Prize. He became an assistant and then lecturer under Edward Provan Cathcart in the University's Institute of Physiology. Garry was awarded a DSc in 1933, the year he was appointed Head of the Physiology Department under John Boyd Orr at the Rowett Research Institute, and part-time Lecturer on the Physiology of Nutrition at the University of Aberdeen. In 1935, He was appointed Professor of Physiology at University College, Dundee, a post he held until his appointment to the Regius Chair at Glasgow in 1947.

Garry's research interests were in the field of gastrointestinal physiology and nutrition. He advised the Ministry of Defence on human adaptation to challenging environmental conditions, most notably as a member and (for eight years) Chairman of the Flying Personnel Research Committee, from 1951 to 1977. He was awarded an OBE in 1976.


Robert Garry

Born April 1900, Glasgow, Scotland.
Died 16 April 1993.
University Link: Alumnus, Lecturer, Professor
GU Degrees: MB ChB, 1922; DSc, 1933;
Occupation categories: physiologists
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Record last updated: 29th Jan 2013

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