Son of a
retail pharmacist, Stuart Thompson left King James's in 1956 to embark
on a four-year pharmacy course at the University of Manchester. After
graduating, he worked briefly in ICI's pharmaceutical division at
Alderley Park before returning to Manchester to undertake
post-graduate research in biochemistry leading to a PhD.
After three years in the US Stuart returned to England to take up a
position at the Medical Research Laboratories in north London, before
moving back to Manchester in 1969 to undertake further research and
teaching at the University; during this time he and a group of
colleagues set up a successful contract research company.
In the mid-1990s, Stuart made a complete career change within the
University. Finding teaching and administrative loads an increasing
burden, he spent his remaining years before retirement in the field of
health and safety. His wide-ranging responsibilities included liaising
with architects and engineers on the design of new laboratories,
training, liaison with regulatory agencies and consultancy work for
start-up biotechnology companies.
Although now retired, Stuart plans shortly to re-establish links
with his original studies by undertaking part-time retail pharmacy
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