Papers of Alexander Logie Stalker (1920 - 1987), Professor of Pathology, University of Aberdeen

Scope and Content

Personal papers of Professor Alexander Stalker, comprising research work undertaken in the Department of Pathology, University of Aberdeen, 1947 - 1960s and printed papers relating to this work, c 1900 - 1980.

Research papers include his experimental work on Brown-Pearce carcinoma, c 1916 - 1950s; papers relating 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; his work on Dextran, 1950s - 1960s; his work on historical anti-lymphocrytic and anti-reticular sera, 1948 - 1949; and a daybook containing observations of experimental tests on animals, 1948 - 1952. These papers contain photographs, autopsy and other reports on patients treated and observed by Stalker and his colleagues, and for this reason a closure period will apply to some records.

Printed papers include a bound file containing the research papers and reports of J. Parlane Kinloch, MD, of the Public Health Laboratory, Aberdeen City Hospital, 1914 - 1928 (marked by Stalker as very important; 3 boxes containing research papers and reports published by members of the University of Aberdeen Pathology Department (including Professors Theodore Shennan, J.S. Young, and A.L. Stalker), c 1900 - 1980s; a further 2 boxes containing assorted reports of the Medical Research Council, the Commission on Medical Education, the British Medical Association, and others, mainly relating to research on cancer and related topics; and 1 box containing signed copies of papers by eminent pathologists (including Matthew J. Stewart, George Dean, C.H. Browning, Theodore Shennan, J.R. Learmonth, and R. Muir), and inaugural lectures and obituaries of the same. Other printed papers of interest include Catalogue of Instruments in Surgical Museum (now largely dispersed) [referring to the surgical museum of the University of Aberdeen], (n.d.); Catalogue of the Museum held in the Geological Department, Marischal College, Aberdeen, July 1939 [produced in association with the British Medical Association 107th annual meeting, held in Aberdeen, Jul 1939]; and financial papers, programme and list of participants of the Microcirculation Conference, held in Aberdeen in 1972.

There is additionally, a collection of 53 black and white photographs taken during the First World War, of staff (both local and American) and patients at Woodend Hospital, Aberdeen, and 3 boxes of University of Aberdeen Pathology student cards, dating from the early to mid 20th century.

Administrative / Biographical History

Alexander (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 Jul 1987, survived by a son and three daughters.


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Access Information

Some of the research papers in this collection contain photographs, autopsy and other reports on patients treated and observed by Stalker and his colleagues, and for this reason a closure period will apply to some records. For further details please seek the advice of Reading Room staff

Other records in the collection are open, subject to signature accepting conditions of use at reader registration sheet.

Acquisition Information

Deposited in the University in 1995

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Very brief collection level description available on Aberdeen University Library Catalogue, accessible online

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Conditions Governing Use

Subject to the condition of the original, copies may be supplied for private research use only on receipt of a signed undertaking to comply with current copyright legislation.

Permission to make any published use of material from the collection must be sought in advance from the Head of Special Libraries and Archives (e-mail: and, where appropriate, from the copyright owner. Where possible, assistance will be given in identifying copyright owners, but responsibility for ensuring copyright clearance rests with the user of the material.

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Related Material

An 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 231 MS 3620/I/79)


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