Professor Andrew Wyllie
27 May 2022
(Last updated: 27 May 2022 13:13)
The Pathological Society has been informed of the tragic news of the death of Professor Andrew Wyllie earlier today (26 May 2022). Andrew had been ill for a number of years.
Andrew trained in Aberdeen before moving to Edinburgh in the 1970s and was a Professor of Pathology in both University of Edinburgh (1992 to 1998) and University of Cambridge (1998-2011) up to his retirement as Head of the Pathology Department for University of Cambridge in 2011. Andrew was an inspiration, leader in pathology research, advisor, mentor, supervisor and great friend to many in pathology over the years.
Andrew studied medicine at the University of Aberdeen, where he also gained his PhD, as one of the first pathologists to work on apoptosis. He was one of the co-authors (with Sir Alastair Currie and John Kerr) of the seminal paper published in 1972 that first described apoptosis. He continued to work on apoptosis during the first half of his career in academic pathology, working on both apoptosis and cancer later on. He was awarded the Bertner Award (1994), Fellowship of the Royal Society (1995), the Hans Bloemendal Award (1998), the Gairdner Foundation International Award (1999) and the Scheele Award (2001) for his research contributions. Andrew was a leading light in UK academic pathology for many years, achieving FMedSci and FRS, becoming the President of the Pathological Society of Great Britain and Ireland.
Andrew was a very valuable source of help, support and advice to a considerable number of younger academics and scientists in Pathology. He touched and influenced the lives of many in Pathology. He was and no doubt will continue to be held in the very highest regard for his original research contributions on apoptosis, cancer and other aspects of pathology.
His family have not yet finalised the formal arrangements.
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