2006 - Professor Alexander McCall Smith
Professor McCall Smith graduated LLB in 1971 and taught in the University’s School of Law for many years.
He retired from his post as Professor of Medical Law in 2005 to concentrate on his writing career. Until recently he was Vice Chair of the Human Genetics Commission and a member of the UNESCO International Bioethics Commission.
Professor McCall Smith has written over 50 books, including both academic subjects and fiction. He is best known as the author of “The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency” series of novels, which have become worldwide best sellers and been translated into 35 languages.
The award recognises his outstanding contribution to law and medical ethics, his achievements as a bestselling author of fiction and the ambassadorial role he has played on behalf of the University.