William Ritchie Russell was born in Edinburgh, where he trained under Edwin Bramwell. His father was William Russell, Professor of Medicine, Edinburgh, and colleague to Bramwell’s father, Byrom Bramwell. Educated at Edinburgh University, Russell qualified in 1926. He was Resident Medical Officer at the National Hospital for Nervous Diseases (1928-1930). In 1934, he was appointed Assistant Physician to the Royal Infirmary, Edinburgh. Subsequently, he became Lecturer in Neurology at the University (1938). In 1945, Ritchie Russell became Neurologist at the United Oxford Hospitals, and was First Professor of Neurology at Oxford (1966-1970). Editor of the Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry (1948-1969) and Consultant Neurologist to the RAMC (1940-1969), Ritchie Russell published on learning, aphasia, and amnesia. He married Jean Low in 1932, and they had two children.
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