Samuel Laird Galbraith

Biography of Samuel Laird Galbraith

Samuel Laird Galbraith graduated from the University of Glasgow: BSc in 1968, with 1st class honours in Anatomy, MB ChB in 1971 and MD in 1977. His MD thesis was titled: Acute traumatic intracranial haematoma : problems in the early diagnosis and management.

During his studies, Sam won the 1971 Brunton Memorial Prize, West of Scotland RAMC Memorial Prize and the Fullerton Prize.

Sam Galbraith was born on the 18th of October 1945 and was the son of Sam Laird Galbraith, a teacher, and his wife Cathie. He was educated at Greenock High School before entering the University.

Sam was both a Labour Politician and a neurosurgeon. He served both as an MP and MSP, holding the post of Minister for Children and Education in the Scottish Parliament from 1999.

Sam married his wife Nichola at Kingussie in 1987, the same year he was elected to the parliament as the MP for Strathkelvin and Bearden.

Sam was also the longest surviving lung transplant patient, undergoing the procedure in 1990, after being diagnosed with fibrosing alveolitis in 1987.

In 2001 he retired from the Scottish and UK Parliaments as well as the General Election to protect his health.

Sam Galbraith died on the 18th of August 2014 and a memorial service was held for him in the Bute Hall on 26th August.


Samuel Laird Galbraith
Born 18 October 1945.
Died 18 August 2014.
University Link: Graduate
GU Degrees: BSc, 1968; MBChB, 1971; MD, 1977;
Occupation categories: MSPs; politicans; Politician (MP)
Record last updated: 29th Oct 2014

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