CollectionGB 0231 University of Aberdeen, Special Collections
Ref NoMS 3471
TitleAlexander Logie Stalker, Professor of Pathology papers
Date20th century
Extent6 boxes: 1.98 linear metres
Creator NameAlexander Logie Stalker (1920 - 1987), Professor of Pathology, University of Aberdeen, 1969 - 1982
Administrative HistoryAlexander (Sandie) Logie Stalker was born in Aberdeen in 1920 and entered the University of Aberdeen as first bursar in 1937. He graduated MB, CH B with first class honours in 1942, and following house officer training in Aberdeen, served with the RAMC in North Africa, Italy and France. From 1947 until his retirement in 1982, he was a member of the University of Aberdeen's Department of Pathology, entering as lecturer, promoted to a personal chair in 1969 and becoming Regius Wilson Professor in 1972. From 1979 - 1982, he was also Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, and after retiring maintained his link with the University as External Assessor on the Court. His main research interest was in micro-circulation; as a lecturer he was held in high regard for his careful preparation and lucid presentation. He was married to Mary MacLean (MB CH B, 1942), and died on 22 July 1987, survived by a son and three daughters.
SourceDeposited in the University in 1995.
DescriptionThe collection comprises research papers, 1940s - 1960s; conference papers, 1972; reprints from academic journals, c 1900 - c 1980; and a small volume of other printed papers, relating to the University's Pathology Department, 20th c.

The principal research papers in the collection relate to Stalker's experimental work on Brown-Pearce carcinoma, c 1946 - 1950s; to his work with Dr (later Professor) M. Macleod, of the Department of Medicine, University of Aberdeen, on the diagnosis of Hodgkin's Disease by liver biopsy, 1950s - 1960s; and to research on Dextran conducted on behalf of the Medical Research Council, 1950s - 1960s. There is, additionally, some related material on anti-lymphocrytic and anti-reticular sera, 1948 - 1949; renal disease, c 1961 - c 1969 and haemochromatosis, c 1950 - c 1952.

The reprints, which were accumulated by Stalker and his colleagues from the early twentieth century, are indicative of the research strengths and interests of the department during the twentieth century. They have been arranged in four series: papers by Stalker, 1948 - 1978; papers by the University's Pathology Department staff, 1896 - 1980; papers by the University's medical, surgical and forensic medicine departments and colleagues in Aberdeen hospitals and public health departments, 1914 - 1980; and signed reprints of papers by non-University of Aberdeen staff, 1930 - 1974. Authors represented include George Dean (d 1914), Professor of Pathology, Aberdeen; Theodore Shennan, Professor of Pathology, Aberdeen; John Stirling Young, Professor of Pathology, Aberdeen; Sir David Campbell (1889 - 1978), Professor of Materia Medica, Aberdeen; Sir James Rognvald Learmonth (1895 - 1967), Professor of Surgery, Aberdeen and Edingurgh; James Parlane Kinloch (d 1932), Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health for Scotland; C.H. Browning, Gardiner Professor of Bacteriology, Glasgow; Sir Robert Muir (1864 - 1959), Professor of Pathology, Glasgow; and Matthew J. Stewart, Professor of Pathology, Leeds.
AppraisalReprints of papers by individuals not directly related to Aberdeen or to Professor Stalker's research have weeded from the collection. Records of the University's Pathology Department which were deposited with Stalker's papers form part of the University's institutional archive and have been listed separately under reference University 1439.
AccrualsNone expected
Access StatusOpen
Access ConditionsSome files in this series contain photographs, pathology and other reports on patients treated and observed by Stalker and his colleagues, and for this reason closure periods have been assigned to certain material. Further details are given in the relevant file level descriptions. For further advice please contact the Reading Room.

Other records in the collection are available subject to the signed acceptance of the Department's access conditions.
Physical DescriptionNo physical characteristics affecting use of collection
Related MaterialAn interview with Alexander L. Stalker was recorded in Oct 1986 for the Aberdeen University Quincentenary Project. The tape recording and transcript are deposited in the University Oral History Archive (GB 0231 MS 3620/I/79).

See also, papers of the University of Aberdeen Department of Anatomy (MSU 1439).
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