Papers of Patricia Morley

Scope and Content

Includes: personal papers; authorial and editorial materials; conference materials; other publications; teaching and research.

Administrative / Biographical History

Patricia Morley MB, BS, DMRD, FRCR, FRCP was born Patricia McDonald in 1929. She was born in Glasgow, though her family re-located to Kent shortly afterwards.

After gaining a scholarship and qualifying at Westminster Hospital, London, she became one of the first female surgeon lieutenants in the Royal Navy where she met her husband, Neil Morley. After marrying, they moved to Edinburgh, where Morley trained as a radiologist. After completing her training, Morley joined the radiology department of the Western Infirmary under Professor Ian Donald.

Ultrasound faced a great deal of skepticism in the medical profession. Despite this, Morley remained determined to prove the potential ultrasound had in detecting and diagnosing disease throughout the human body. She gained international acclaim for her work, lecturing, teaching, and publishing prolifically. Her textbook, Clinical Diagnostic Ultrasound, which she co-edited with Dr. Ellis Barnett, was a leading authority on the topic for many years.

Morley was a highly sought after speaker, lecturing and attending conferences all over the world, including the 1982 meeting of the World Federation of Ultrasound in Medicine and Biology at which she was chair of the scientific committee. She achieved much recognition for her work, gaining the Couch award from the Royal College of Radiologists, and becoming a fellow of the Royal College in 1980. She was president of the British Medical Ultrasound Society from 1982 – 1984, during which time she established the society’s historical collection. She was an honorary member of the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine.In the years between her retirement and her death, Morley battled Alzheimer’s disease and was cared by Neil and their four children. She died on February 2nd 2003 in Bannockburn Hospital.

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