Sir Alexander Wiseman Macara

Biography of Sir Alexander Wiseman Macara

Sir Alexander Macara's Matriculation Slip
Sir Alexander Macara's Matriculation Slip

Alexander ‘Sandy’ Wiseman Macara was born on the 4 May 1932 in Irving, Ayrshire. His father Alec Macara, was Irvine Old Parish Church’s longest serving minister. Macara received his early education at Irvine Royal Academy before attending the University of Glasgow to study Medicine.

Macara first enrolled at the University aged 18 and undertook classes in subjects such as Physics, Botany and Zoology. After completing his medical degree in 1958, Macara headed to England undertake postgraduate research at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. In the early 1960’s he moved to Bristol University to work as a lecturer in Public Health, where he remained until his retirement as consultant senior lecturer in 1997. In addition to his lecturing, Macara was a founding member and later head of the University’s Department of Epidemiology and Public Health Medicine.

In 1993 he became the British Medical Associations chairman of council, position which he held until 1998. In that same year, he received a knighthood for his services to the medical profession. Maraca was an active campaigner in the public health sphere, supporting the ban in public smoking and calling for the MMR vaccine to be made compulsory. He served as consultant to the World Health Organisation for more than 20 years, and was president of the National Heart Forum until his death in 2012.


Sir Alexander Wiseman Macara
Born 4 May 1932.
Died 21 June 2012.
University Link: Graduate
GU Degree: MB, 1958; Medicine,
Occupation categories: physicians
Record last updated: 11th Jul 2017

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