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Emeritus Professor Thomas (Tom) R Watson, 1927-2012


9 October 2012

Vale: Emeritus Professor Thomas (Tom) R Watson
17.10.1927 - 04.10.2012

The Faculty of Pharmacy would like to acknowledge one of our esteemed pharmacy alumni and former leaders. Emeritus Professor Watson who was one of the first recipients of the Doctor of Philosophy degrees in Pharmacy at the University in 1956, passed away last week. Professor Watson joined the then Department of Pharmacy as a lecturer, before becoming Head of the Department of Pharmacy in 1967.

Professor Watson remained at the helm of the Department for many years, steering its transition into the modern day. Indeed, he is recognised for the many developments that he brought about, such as leading the change in the undergraduate pharmacy course which included a dramatic change in the curriculum.

Professor Watson was the first person to introduce Mass Spectrometry (a Finnigan 3200 GCMS) to the Faculty in the 1970s and his efforts were recognised by re-naming of the Mass Spectrometry Laboratory in his honour in 2006. Professor Watson's research included fundamental aspects of medicinal and analytical chemistry and biopharmaceutics which was conducted in collaboration with colleagues in pharmacy and pharmacology at the University. The breadth of his research achievements range from investigating structure-activity relationships of benzimidazoles through to the detection of psychoactive drugs in road traffic accident victims. His research is published in leading chemistry, pharmaceutical science and pharmacology international journals.

Many within the faculty and community have great memories of Professor Watson as a leader and colleague. He not only shaped the future for a generation of pharmacists (and the patients they serve) through his academic leadership but also supported and guided the careers of many pharmacy academics as a mentor and friend. Professor Watson will be greatly missed, but his legacy in the faculty and the pharmacy profession remains strong.

The Faculty extends their sincere condolences to the Watson family.

Faculty portrait unveiling, Professor Iqbal Ramzan and Professor T.R (Tom) Watson.
Faculty portrait unveiling, Professor Iqbal Ramzan and Professor T.R (Tom) Watson.

Professor Watson in 2007 on the occasion of the faculty celebrating his 80th birthday
Professor Watson in 2007 on the occasion of the faculty celebrating his 80th birthday

Professor Watson and colleagues: The Faculty of Pharmacy hosted a visit from Emeritus Professor Watson on Friday 19 February 2010 to review the upgraded facilities at the Thomas R Watson Mass Spectrometry Laboratory, re-named in honour of his contribution to the faculty in May 2006.
Professor Watson and colleagues: The Faculty of Pharmacy hosted a visit from Emeritus Professor Watson on Friday 19 February 2010 to review the upgraded facilities at the Thomas R Watson Mass Spectrometry Laboratory, re-named in honour of his contribution to the faculty in May 2006.