Dr Stuart Meldrum CEng FIPEM

IT is with great sadness that we have to report the passing of Dr Stuart Meldrum, an IPEM Fellow and former Trustee.

Dr Meldrum, 79, graduated from the University of Aberdeen in 1966 with a degree in physics and his Doctorate in biophysics from the University of London in 1973.

He then joined the recently established Department of Medical Electronics at St Bartholomew's Hospital in London where he held several posts over the next 20 years.

Dr Meldrum spent some time in the medical device industry before returning to the NHS as Director of Medical Physics and Bioengineering at the Norfolk and Norwich Hospital, a post from which he retired in 2009.

Journals editor

He had a long-standing and highly successful interest in academic publishing, serving as editor of the journals Biomedical Engineering, Journal of Medical Engineering and Technology, and Physiological Measurement.

Throughout his career, Dr Meldrum was active in professional matters, serving as President of the Biological Engineering Society, as an IPEM Trustee and a Director of the Association of Clinical Scientists.

He was one of the original biomedical engineers who inspired several generations of budding biomedical engineers and motivated them through his work as a journal editor to publish better papers.

Professor Stephen O’Connor, former IPEM President, who knew Dr Meldrum well, said: ‘Stuart never had a bad word to say about anyone, always supportive and kind in his gentle Scottish lilt. He was a true gentleman, a valued and respected engineer, an esteemed colleague and friend, who has left us with many fond memories.

'Our thoughts at this difficult time are with Stuart’s devoted wife, Claire, to whom we send our condolences. Rest in peace dear friend.'

Dr Stuart Meldrum CEng FIPEM