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IN tribute to Iain Francis Harvey Purchase (VR, July 9, vol 179, p 50), Ted Lock, Ian Kimber and John Ishmael write: Iain Purchase was an eminent veterinary toxicologist, scientist and ethicist, but also an accomplished manager, an inspiring leader, and a man of great charm and huge personal and professional integrity. All of those who had the good fortune to work for or with Iain will have benefited from the experience.
There is no doubt that he did as much as anyone, and much more than most, in promoting the science and application of toxicology. He was also an early and passionate advocate of animal welfare and for the responsible use of animals in research, and was instrumental in the development of in vitro toxicology. His legacy is substantial and lasting.
Iain was born in Livingstone, Rhodesia: his father, Harvey Purchase, was a Veterinary Officer in the British Colonial Service and worked in several African countries. His father was interested particularly in the control of rinderpest (cattle plague). Iain followed in the family tradition (his elder brother Harvey Graham was also a veterinarian), and trained in veterinary medicine at the University of Pretoria in South Africa, graduating in 1960. Subsequently, he received his PhD from the School of Veterinary Medicine, University of Cambridge, in 1964.⇓