Papers of Norman Roy Grist, Professor of Infectious Diseases, University of Glasgow, Scotland, 1965-1983

Scope and Content

  • Bursary awards 1935-1939
  • Negatives entitled Dr George Bell et al Experimental Physiology 1938-1939
  • Curriculum book for Faculty of Medicine 1937-1942
  • Academic Certificates 1937-1942
  • Certificates of membership to Glasgow university bodies 1939
  • Photographs 1930s
  • Reprinted journal articles 1954-1955

Administrative / Biographical History

Norman Roy Grist was born on 9 March 1918  , son of Walter Reginald Grist and Florence Goodwin Grist (nÌ©e Nadin). In 1934 he married Mary Stewart McAlister. He was educated at Shawlands Academy, Glasgow. He went on to study at the University of Glasgow graduating with a BSc in 1939, and a MB ChB in 1942  . For the next four years he completed his war service, taking part in the Normandy landings and proceeding up through Europe until he made contact with the Russians in Eastern Germany. On his return to Scotland he spent two years as a junior clinician in Ruchill Hospital , Glasgow. In 1948 he became a research assistant in the Department of Infectious Diseases of Glasgow University. This post included a year‰??s postgraduate study working with Professor A W Downie at Liverpool University in the Department of Bacteriology. Three years later he went to work with Professor F O MacCallum in the Virus Reference Laboratory, Collindale, London.

In 1952  he returned to the University of Glasgow to lecture in virus diseases. In 1956 he spent a year in the Department of Epidemiology at the University of Michigan working with Professor Thomas Francis. He became a reader in Viral Epidemiology at Glasgow in 1962 and a Professor of Infectious Diseases in 1965  . He held this post until he retired in 1983  . Norman Roy Grist was a member of the Royal College of Physicans, Edinburgh. In 1967 he became a fellow of the Royal College of Pathologists. In 1960 Grist became the Regional Advisor in Viral Epidemiology to Scottish Western Region Hospital Board. He held this post until 1974. In 1967 he became the Consultant in Virus Diseases to WHO. His publications include Diagnostic Methods in Clinical Virology , 3rd edition, (1979) as well as numerous articles in British and international medical journals.

Sources: Who's Who, (1981, London) The College Courant, Vol.XVIII, No. 35, (1965, Glasgow)


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Gifted deposit : Professor Norman R Grist : Flat 5, Hyndland Court, 6A Sydenham Court, Glasgow : 1992

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Description compiled in line with the following international standards: International Council on Archives,ISAD(G) Second Edition, September 1999 and National Council on Archives,Rules for the construction of personal, place and corporate names

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