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Lord Boyd Orr of Brechin

Caricature by "Roy" of the nutritionist and Nobel Prize winner Sir John Boyd Orr in Glasgow University Magazine February 1951.

Boyd Orr (1880-1971) was born in Kilmaurs, East Ayrshire, and graduated MA from the University of Glasgow, later gaining a medical degree. His medical training and his travels in Africa inspired in him a desire to combat the evils of poverty and famine around the world.

Boyd Orr embarked on a career in research and nutrition, running the Rowett Institute and then in 1942 becoming a Professor at the University of Aberdeen. He carried out ground-breaking research into human and animal nutrition which had a significant effect on British public health policy.

In 1945 Boyd Orr was elected rector at the University of Glasgow and in 1946 he became Chancellor. In 1949 he received the Nobel Peace Prize in recognition of his work in shaping food policies aimed at helping third world countries.

Reference: Glasgow University Archive Services, DC198/49

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