Bachelor of Medicine, ChB, Glasgow University, 1956. Diploma in social medicine, Edinburgh (Scotland) University, 1968. Master of Science in Administration, Strathclyde (Scotland) University, 1971.
Fellow in public health medicine, Faculty Public Health, London, 1972.
Medical and surgical intern, National Health Svc., Scotland, 1956-1957; resident in surgery, National Health Svc., Glasgow, 1959-1961; resident in orthopaedics, National Health Svc., Paisley, Scotland, 1961-1964; family medicine specialist, National Health Svc., Glasgow, 1964-1967; fellow in public health and medical administration, National Health Svc., Scotland, 1967-1971; medical superintendent, Paisley Hospitals, National Health Svc., 1971-1973; chief medical officer, Argyll and Clyde Health Board, 1973-1981; senior epidemiologist, Scottish Head Injury Study, 1981-1985; specialist in public health, health information consultant, Greater Glasgow Health Board, 1985-1993; independent health information consultant, Bryden Cons. Ltd., Glasgow, since 1993. Honorary senior lecturer Glasgow U., since 1975.
Parliamentary candidate Liberal Alliance, Glasgow, 1987. Served to captain Royal Army Medical Corps, 1957-1959. Fellow Faculty Public Health Medicine (chairman manpower data group since 1987, board directors since 1990, chairman special interest group since 1994), British Computer Society (founder, chairman, then member Scottish medical group).
Member Royal Society Medicine, Royal College Physicians and Surgeons Glasgow.
Married Grace Ness MacFarlane, January 19, 1957. Children: Helen Bryden Smith, John MacFarlane, Marion Jean Elizabeth.