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Frank Fish

Professor Frank Fish OBE (1924-2011)

Pharmacy 1946

Frank Fish was born in County Durham and apprenticed to a local pharmacist before studying pharmacy at Sunderland Technical College. He was awarded his London BPharm in 1946. He took the post of Assistant Lecturer in Pharmacognosy at the Pharmacy department in Glasgow where he gained his PhD on digitalis in 1955. He stayed at the School of Pharmaceutical Sciences at Strathclyde, becoming Dean in 1977. During his time there, he set up an MSc course in Forensic Science, the only postgraduate course on the subject in the UK.  


In 1978, he moved to London to take up the post of Dean of the School of Pharmacy. In his ten years as Dean, he oversaw the introduction of the degree course in Toxicology and Pharmacology, and the establishment of the master’s degree in Clinical Pharmacy.   

He also served on the Committee on Safety of Medicines, the British Pharmacopoeia Commission, the DHSS Standing Advisory Committee, the University of London Senate, and the Nuffield Committee of inquiry into pharmacy. He was awarded the Harrison Memorial Medal in 1982, the Pharmaceutical Society's Charter gold medal in 1987, and was made an OBE in 1988.  

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