Bachelor of Medicine BChir, Edinburgh (Scotland) University, 1969. Doctor of Medicine, Edinburgh (Scotland) University, 1982.
Senior house officer, registrar in anesthesia Royal Infirmary Edinburgh, 1970-1975. Lecturer dental anesthesia University Edinburgh, 1975-1977. Consultant anesthetist, senior lecturer Royal Infirmary Edinburgh, 1977-1995, clinical director, 1992-1995.
Professor anesthesia University Dundee, Scotland, since 1995. Visiting lecturer department anesthesia Harvard Medical School, Boston, 1983-1984.
Fellow Royal College Anesthetists (council member since 1997), Royal College Physicians Edinburgh. Member Association Anesthetists of Great Britain and Ireland (member council 1986-1990), European Society Regional Anesthesia (board directors 1987-1993), European Academy Anesthesiology (elected academician 1993), Royal Burgess Golfing Society, Royal Scottish Automobile Club.
Married Angela Fay Smith, August 23, 1969. Children: Kathryn, Clare, Emma.