|Known for||ultrasound in medicine|
|Institutions||University of Glasgow|
Whilst Professor of Midwifery at Glasgow University, he first explored the use of ultrasound in the 1950s after seeing it used in the Glasgow shipyards to look for flaws in metallurgy. He became Regius Professor of Midwifery in 1955. His article Investigation of Abdominal Masses by Pulsed Ultrasound, published 7 June 1958 in the medical journal The Lancet, was one of the defining publications in the field. Ultrasound has become an important aid to diagnosing fetal progress during pregnancy.
- Blair gold medal
- Eardley Holland gold medal
- Victor Bonney prize
- Maternity prize of the European Association of Perinatal Medicine
- (with Tom Brown) first Honorary Life Member of the British Medical Ultrasound Society (1982)
- "Donald, Ian". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (online ed.). Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/40066. (Subscription or UK public library membership required.)
- Tilli Tansey; Daphne Christie, eds. (2000), Looking at the Unborn: Historical aspects of obstetric ultrasound, Wellcome Witnesses to Contemporary Medicine, History of Modern Biomedicine Research Group, ISBN 978-1-84129-011-9, Wikidata Q29581634
- Ainsworth, Steve (March 2005). "Good vibrations". The practising midwife. England. 8 (3): 50. ISSN 1461-3123. PMID 16250436.
- Nicolson, M; Fleming J; Spencer I (February 2005). "Hyaline membrane and neonatal radiology--Ian Donald's first venture into imaging research". Scottish Medical Journal. Scotland. 50 (1): 35–7. ISSN 0036-9330. PMID 15792390.
- Kurjak, A (June 2000). "Ultrasound scanning - Prof. Ian Donald (1910-1987)". Eur. J. Obstet. Gynecol. Reprod. Biol. IRELAND. 90 (2): 187–9. doi:10.1016/S0301-2115(00)00270-0. ISSN 0301-2115. PMID 10825639.
- Donald, I; Brown T G (July 1995). "Localisation using physical devices, radioisotopes and radiographic methods. I.--Demonstration of tissue interfaces within the body by ultrasonic echo sounding. 1961". The British Journal of Radiology. ENGLAND. 68 (811): H129–36. ISSN 0007-1285. PMID 7640920.
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