Professor Wallace Foulds

Biography of Professor Wallace Foulds

Wallace Foulds
Wallace Foulds

Professor Wallace Foulds (1924-2020) was Professor of Ophthalmology at the Tennent Institute of Ophthalmology at the University of Glasgow from 1964 to 1991.

He held the following qualifications, fellowships and honours: MB ChB (Glasgow) 1946, DO 1952, FRCS 1953, MD (Commend-Glasgow) 1958, ChM (Honours-Glasgow) 1964, FRCOphth 1988, CBE 1988, FRACO 1988, DSc (Strathclyde) 1991, FCSSA 1992, FRSM 1994.

Wallace Stewart Foulds was born in London, before moving to Scotland where he attended school at George Watson's College, Edinburgh, and Paisley Grammar School. He then attended the University of Glasgow to study medicine and graduated MBChB in 1946, the same year that he was called up for National Service in the Royal Air Force where ee was a medical officer at Tempelhof airport in Germany during the Berlin Airlift.

Following his service, he studied opthalmology at Moorfields Eye Hospital, London, undertaking research that formed the basis of his MD thesis, 'Closed-angle glaucoma : a study of the mechanism of angle closure' (MD 1958, University of Glasgow) and went on to investigate problems relating to detachment of the retina. He was appointed Registrar at the Hospital in 1951, and in 1953 moved to become Senior Registrar at University College London. In 1958 he was appointed as a Consultant at Addenbrooke's Hospital, Cambridge.

Foulds moved back to Scotland in 1964 when he was appointed Professor of Opthalmology at the Tennent Institute of Opthalmology, University of Glasgow. He lived at 3 Professors' Square. He was also awarded ChM that same year, his thesis titled 'The pathogenesis of retinal detachment'.

In 1985 he oversaw the establishment of the College of Opthalmologists from the merging of the Opthamlological Society of the UK and Faculty of Opthalmologists, and was named as its Founding President. He was visiting professor and research advisor at the National University of Singapore from 1990-1999, and Co Director Singapore Eye Research Institute 2000-2018.

Foulds had his own private practice and continued to treat patients after he retired from the University in 1991. He worked until 93 years of age, continuing to patent new inventions for myopia in his 90s, as well as continuing to publish profusely.


Professor Wallace Foulds
Born 26 April 1924.
Died 12 November 2020.
University Link: Professor
GU Degrees: MBChB, 1946; MD, 1958; ChM, 1964;
Occupation categories: opthalmologist
Record last updated: 4th Dec 2020

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