Professor Paul McMenamin, the current Professor of Anatomy at UWA, recently paid a visit to the auld country and caught up with the Foundation Professor of Anatomy, Professor David Sinclair, in Aberdeen.
Professor Sinclair has agreed that a Bachelor of Medical Science scholarship set up to remember him should be named the Robert A. Milne Bachelor of Medical Science scholarship in honour of Professor David Sinclair, in recognition of a bequest of $52,000 by Robert Allan Milne to the University.
Little is known about Robert Milne, who also bequeathed his body to the School of Anatomy, other than that he was an active service man for more than 40 years and was interested in anatomy and research.
The scholarship will be named after him for five years, after which time it will be called the Bachelor of Medical Science scholarship in honour of Professor David Sinclair.
Professor Sinclair has pledged a substantial amount of money for the scholarship and also indicated that he will leave 20,000 pounds in his will. His daughter, Anne Hillman, is another donor.
The scholarship is part of the Foundation Professors Bachelor of Medical Science scholarship program, which has attracted generous donations in order that the 11 Foundation Professors of the Medical School can be remembered.
Other named scholarships to date are the John Harriott Bachelor of Medical Science scholarship in honour of Professor Mary Lockett and the John and Rosemary Pearman Bachelor of Medical Science scholarship in honour of Professor Neville Stanley.
The aim of the scholarships is to encourage medical students to undertake scientific medical research and the recipients spend a year studying an aspect of one of the 11 medical founding disciplines or related disciplines.