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William Ian McDonald: 1933–2006

Alastair Compston
DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/brain/awr123 2158-2176 First published online: 15 June 2011


The life and achievements are described of (William) Ian McDonald, BMedSc MBChB PhD FRACP FRCP FRCOpth FMedSci: neurologist, National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery (1966–98); physician, Moorfields Eye Hospital (1969–96); professor of neurology, Institute of Neurology and Institute of Ophthalmology, University of London (1974–98); Editor of Brain (1991–97); Harveian Librarian, Royal College of Physicians of London (1996–2004); born Wellington, New Zealand, 15 April 1933; died London, 13 December 2006. At his death, Ian McDonald left 33 box files of largely unsorted material relating to his private and professional life. The archive has not been catalogued but this biographical account of his life and work draws on the material contained therein. Where possible the date and provenance of material are identified and cited in the text; his curriculum vitae is provided as a supplementary file with individual papers identified by number within each category.

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