John Arbuthnott (microbiologist)

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Sir John Arbuthnott

John Peebles Arbuthnott

(1939-04-08) 8 April 1939 (age 83)
Alma materHyndland Senior Secondary School
Glasgow University
Trinity College, Dublin

Sir John Peebles Arbuthnott, PPRSE, FRCPSG, FMedSci, FRCPath (born 8 April 1939) is a Scottish microbiologist, and was Principal of the University of Strathclyde. He succeeded Lord Wilson of Tillyorn as President of The Royal Society of Edinburgh in October 2011[1] and was succeeded by Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell in October 2014.[2]

He served as Prinicpal and Vice Chancellor of the University of Strathclyde between 1991 and 2000.


Arbuthnott was educated at Hyndland Senior Secondary School, Glasgow University (BSc, PhD), and Trinity College, Dublin (MA, ScD).[3] In 1998, he was made a Knight Bachelor for services to education.[3]

Whilst Principal and Vice-Chancellor of Strathclyde University, Arbuthnott chaired the National Review of Resource Allocation ("The Arbuthnott Report"[4] and "the Arbuthnott Review"[5]) in December 1997, the principal task of which was to conduct an independent review of the way in which NHS money is allocated annually to the 14 Scottish NHS Boards.[citation needed]

The resulting mechanism, known as the Arbuthnott Formula, assesses key indicators of population, inequality and deprivation of the areas covered by each of the boards to allocate money.[citation needed]

He was chair of the Arbuthnott Commission set up in 2004 to consider the consequences of having four separate voting systems for elections in Scotland and also different boundaries for Holyrood and Westminster constituencies.[3]

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  • Isoelectric Focusing. 1975.
  • The Determinants of Bacterial and Viral Pathogenicity. 1983.
  • Foodborne Illness: a Lancet Review. 1991.
  • Breaking The Mould. 2015.


  1. ^ "Sir John Arbuthnott elected as the next RSE President". Archived from the original on 22 July 2011. Retrieved 12 March 2011.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link)
  2. ^ "Professor Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell's First Public Event as RSE President to Take Place at Irvine Royal Academy - The Royal Society of Edinburgh". The Royal Society of Edinburgh. 10 November 2014. Retrieved 26 September 2018.
  3. ^ a b c "Arbuthnott, Sir John (Peebles)". Who's Who. A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc. (Subscription or UK public library membership required.)
  4. ^ "Scottish Parliament" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 5 June 2011.
  5. ^ "Scotland Government Health Care".
  6. ^ "Arbuthnott Publishes Report on National Care Service". Archived from the original on 6 May 2011. Retrieved 30 March 2011.
  7. ^ "Doktorzy Honoris Causa PŁ W Latach 1991-1995". Archived from the original on 4 November 2014. Retrieved 29 December 2014.
  8. ^ "St Mungo Prize honours Glaswegian academic". BBC News. 10 November 2010.

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Academic offices
Preceded by Principal and Vice-chancellor
University of Strathclyde

Succeeded by
Medical appointments
Preceded by Chairman
NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde Board

Succeeded by