Biography of Forrester Cockburn
Forrester Cockburn held the Samson Gemmell Chair of Child Health at the University from 1977 until 1996.
Educated at Leith Academy and the University of Edinburgh, Cockburn graduated MB ChB in 1959. He gained the Diploma in Child Health at the University of Glasgow in 1961 and in 1966 became an MD of Edinburgh.
Following graduation, he held appointments as house surgeon and house physician at major hospitals, until 1961 when he was appointed paediatric registrar in the Royal Hospital for Sick Children, Edinburgh. In 1963 he moved to the University of Boston and the Pediatric Clinical Research Center, Boston City Hospital, Massachusetts where, for two years, he held the Huntington-Hartford Research Fellowship in Pediatric Metabolic Disease. This was followed by medical experience in Puerto Rico and a year at the Nuffield Institute for Medical Research (University of Oxford) as Nuffield Senior Research Fellow in Neonatal and Foetal Physiology.
In 1966 he returned to Edinburgh to a Wellcome Trust Senior Research Fellowship which he held until his appointment as Senior Lecturer in the Department of Child Life and Health at the University of Edinburgh in 1971.
Cockburn is now Emeritus Professor of Child Health at the University. He was Chairman of Yorkhill NHS Trust from 1997 until 2001. He was elected a Fellow of The Royal Society of Edinburgh in 1999. He has published a number of books and articles mainly on fetal and neonatal nutrition and inherited metabolic disease.