William G Robertson
Graduated with a BSc (Hons) degree in Pure Chemistry at Glasgow University in 1963 and started on my PhD project on "The Physico-Chemical Aspects of Stone-Formation" at the Western Infirmary in Glasgow under Professor Chris Nordin. I then moved to Leeds General Infirmary with him in 1964 to complete my PhD in the (then) new MRC Mineral Metabolism Research Unit there, eventually completing my PhD in 1969. Since then, I have worked on most aspects of urolithiasis research (including physical chemistry, biochemistry, pathophysiology, metabolism, nutrition and epidemiology) in Leeds, Bern, Riyadh and London until I took semi-retirement in 2006. In 1984, I was awarded a DSc degree at Leeds University for my international contributions to the field of urolithiasis. In 2000, I was awarded a Life-Time Achievement Award at the IXth International Symposium on Urolithiasis in Cape Town and, in 2011, the EULIS Lifetime Honorary Membership for achievements in the field of urolithiasis at the EULIS Symposium in London. I will attend the XIIth International Symposium on Urolithiasis in Ouro Preto, Brazil in May 2012 and will be the only stone researcher who has attended all 12 four-yearly International Symposia since the first one held in Leeds in 1968 when I was a PhD student there. I am still working part-time on the clinical side of stone research concentrating mainly on the screening of stone patients for their risk factors for stones. Recently, I have been involved with two urological colleagues in the setting up of an Internet-based company called UroScreen Ltd, which is aimed at screening patients with stone disease. I have been Editor-in-Chief of "Urological Research" since 2003 when the journal changed to a format of only publishing papers on urolithiasis research. Next year the journal will change its name to "Urolithiasis" in order to emphasise the sole theme of its publications. Next year also, will be my 50th year in stone research during which time I have been privileged to work with many colleagues who have stimulated and encouraged me in many ways over the years and without whom I would have been able to achieve very little. Currently, I have 379 publications consisting of 103 articles in refereed journals, 131 full conference papers, 66 invited articles and book chapters and 79 published abstracts. In addition, there are a further 12 articles which are currently being prepared for publication on various aspects of my research carried out in Riyadh.