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ON June 10, 2014, George Gettinby, BSc, DPhil, CStat, HonAssocRCVS, FRSE, of Bearsden, Glasgow.
Stuart W. J. Reid, Sir James Armour and Max Murray write: For over 40 years George Gettinby provided scientific leadership to the animal health industries and the veterinary profession in all matters quantitative. He also made important contributions to human medicine and through his endeavours, he nurtured successive generations of young scientists who looked on him as a friend, mentor, big brother and father figure. George was not a tall man but his scientific stature, reputation, commitment and generosity dwarf most in the sector, and his death leaves a gap in many lives that will remain unfilled, such was his unique contribution.
An Ulsterman born and raised in Larne, George was a mathematician by first degree and doctoral training at Queen's University Belfast (1971) and New University of Ulster (1974), respectively. His interest in the mathematical modelling of the cattle parasite, liver fluke, was stimulated by Professor Jack Grainger at Unversity College Dublin and by the work of C. B. Ollerenshaw. His PhD was supervised by Andrew Young, with George only coming to the world of statistics as he started his professional life, a career spent entirely as a member of academic staff at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow. A ubiquitously popular educator and carrying a greater teaching load than most, George rose to be head of the Department of Statistics and Modelling Science and …