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GENTLEMAN SCIENTIST'S pounds 2M WILL; Lecturer leaves cash to Scots uni.

Byline: By Dean Herbert

A SCIENTIST who studied the horrors of Nazi experimentation has left a pounds 2million fortune.

And Dr Henry Adam, who died in June, aged 93, gave pounds 400,000 to Edinburgh University, where he lectured.

The pharmacologist lived in the city and part of his fortune includes pounds 800,000 worth of property in Mayfield, along with pounds 1million of shares and a pounds 40,000 library of books.

As well as the donation to the university, the Scottish Wildlife Trust and the Royal Medical Society were given pounds 5000.

During World War II, the London-born scientist become a pathologist at the Chemical Defence Experimental Station in Porton Down, Wiltshire.

He was ordered to rescue German scientists from the Buchenwald concentration camp before their knowledge fell into the hands of the advancing Russians.

He was also employed as a scientific intelligence officer by the US military.

After the war, he returned to Edinburgh and began his pioneering work in the study of histamines in the human body.

During the 1950s, he became renowned for the hundreds of papers he published on the subject.

His experiments made important breakthroughs in discovering that histamines are important in the digestion of food.

Dr Adam refused offers from Ivy League university Yale in the USA and stayed in Edinburgh.

He married Scottish zoologist Katherine Fleming in 1940. The couple had no children and Katherine died in 1996.

Charles West, Dr Adam's nephew, said that the physician continued his studies right up until his death.

Speaking from his home in Shropshire, he said: 'I saw him 18 months before he died and he was sitting in his house surrounded by books.

'He had got hold of an Italian translation of Shakespeare and was trying to find out if anything had been lost. That was what he was like even then.

'Even in his 90s, he was able to talk about politics and science for hours.

'He wasn't flash with his money. He and his wife lived a very modest life.

'I think he loved Edinburgh because the pace of life is so much more realistic than in London.

'I think he found the place far more gentlemanly. Ethics and standards were very important to him.

'He didn't like to talk about his time in the Army. I think he must have seen some terrible things.'


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Date:Nov 29, 2004
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