Dr Andrew Rennie Hunter

Dr Andrew Rennie Hunter MD FRFPSGlas FFARCS DA

20/08/1915 to 11/03/1991

Place of birth: Cambuslang, Glasgow

Nationality: British

Professor, from 1971

CRN: 715803

Education and qualifications

General education

Hutcheson’s School, Glasgow; University of Glasgow Medical School

Primary medical qualification(s)

MBChB, Glasgow, 1937 with Commendation

Initial Fellowship and type

FFARCS by Election

Year of Fellowship


Other qualification(s)

FRFPS Glasgow, 1940; MD, Glasgow, 1942 (Thesis: A study of postoperative pulmonary complications); DA(RCP&S), 1942

Professional life and career

Postgraduate career

After qualifying Andrew was house surgeon at Glasgow Royal Infirmary, then RMO & resident anaesthetist at Falkirk Royal Infirmary before working as a medical officer and junior anaesthetist for the Scottish EMS (1940-3). He was then recruited to be consultant anaesthetist at Manchester Royal Infirmary (also at Cheadle Hospital), remaining there until retirement in 1975. He held a series of honorary appointments at Manchester University: lecturer in anaesthetics (1947-60); reader in anaesthetics (1961-70); reader in pharmacology (1965-70); personal chair (1971-5) and professor emeritus on retirement. 

Professional interests and activities

His major interest was in neuroanaesthesia, developing & researching anaesthetic techniques, applying intensive care methodology, training & mentoring others interested in this aspect of the specialty and founding the Neuroanaesthetists Travelling Club in 1965. He also made major contributions to other organisations: Board of Faculty (examiner, elected member of Board, Vice-Dean); RSM Section (member of Council, honorary secretary 1965-7, president 1973-4); AAGBI (elected member of Council 1957-60); BJA (Editor of P-G Issues, Chairman of Editorial Board 1959-85); president of Manchester Medical Society and its anaesthetic section. For the Faculty he delivered the 1966 Clover Lecture and received the Dudley Buxton Prize; the AAGBI made him an honorary member (1980).

Other biographical information

He married Kathleen Jean Allman and they had a son (a consultant rheumatologist) and a daughter. Outside medicine his interests were his church and his garden.

Author and sources

Author: Dr Bob Palmer & Prof Tony Wildsmith

Sources and any other comments: ‘Boulton’ Form | Horton JM. Andrew Rennie Hunter 1915-1991. Proc Hist Anaes Soc 1991; 9B: 95-6 | Medical Directory | Archives Service, University of Glasgow
The picture is of a painting by Richard Neave and is used with permission from the Manchester Medical Society.