Medical researcher Nimmo given CBE

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Professor Walter Nimmo, a leading medical researcher and prominent academic, has been inveted as a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in a ceremony at Buckingham Palace.

The 67-year-old University of Edinburgh alumnus was awarded CBE for charitable and philanthropic services to Higher Education in Scotland.

Born on April 2, 1947, Prof Nimmo attended Bathgate Academy in West Lothian and went on to graduate from Edinburgh University with a degree in medical sciences.

He began his medical career in teaching and research in clinical pharmacology and anaesthesia, later becoming the senior lecturer in anaesthesia at the University of Glasgow and Chair of Anaesthesia at the University of Sheffield, a post he held until 1988.

He then moved back to Edinburgh to set up Inveresk Clinical Research, located in Currie. The facility is an independent Scottish clinical research clinic, a medical research centre that provides preclinical and clinical drug development services to the pharmaceutical industry and other safety studies to other industries worldwide.

Due to the success of the company, it was soon purchased by a Swiss company, which was then eventually bought back by Walter and his management team.

By 1999, Inveresk had revenues 
of £42 million with a total staff of 600.

He later led the research team that attracted the attention of an American-based firm, Charles River Laboratories, which resulted in a $1.5 billion merger in 2004.

His entrepreneurial spirit has since earned him two Scottish entrepreneur of the year awards.

Aside from being an academic and entrepreneur, Prof Nimmo is also a performer. The Abracadabarets was founded in 1974 along with friend Jim Drife, where they produced Louder and Funnier which subsequently became their first review in the Edinburgh Fringe.

Other shows followed including Feeling Funny, A Slight Show and Nocte with music. Abracadabarets have since performed their award-wining songs on radio, television, theatres and venues across the UK while raising vast sums of money for charity.

A renowned pianist and board member of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Prof Nimmo also enjoys playing golf.

A fellow of the Royal College of Anaesthetists, he has lectured at Duke, Harvard and other prestigious universities.

In April 2013, Prof Nimmo became a Trustee of National Museums Scotland. His term will see him in charge until March 2017.

In recognition of his services to Higher Education in Scotland, Prof Nimmo received a CBE for his philanthropy and charitable services in the Queen’s 2014 birthday honours.