John Arbuthnott (microbiologist)

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Sir John Arbuthnott
Born John Peebles Arbuthnott
(1939-04-08) 8 April 1939 (age 78)
Nationality Scottish
Alma mater Hyndland Senior Secondary School
Glasgow University
Trinity College, Dublin
Occupation Microbiologist

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]

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. 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.

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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Professional honours[edit]


  • Arbuthnott, John Peebles; et al., eds. (1975). Isoelectric Focusing. 
  • Arbuthnott, John Peebles; et al. (1983). The Determinants of Bacterial and Viral Pathogenicity. 
  • Arbuthnott, John Peebles; et al. (1991). Foodborne Illness: a Lancet Review. 
  • Other papers and articles in journals and books.

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  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ [2]
  3. ^ a b c Who's Who. 2009. 
  4. ^ "Scottish Parliament" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 5 June 2011. 
  5. ^ "Scotland Government Health Care". 
  6. ^ [3]
  7. ^ [4]
  8. ^ "St Mungo Prize honours Glaswegian academic". BBC News. 10 November 2010. 
Academic offices
Preceded by
Graham John Hills
Principal and Vice-chancellor
University of Strathclyde

Succeeded by
Andrew Hamnett
Medical appointments
Preceded by
Professor David L Hamblen CBE
NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde Board

Succeeded by
Andrew Robertson OBE