The Old Almondburians' Society
The Old Almondburians
Son of a retail pharmacist, Stuart Thompson left King James's in 1956 to embark on a four-year pharmacy course at the University of Manchester. After graduating, he worked briefly in ICI's pharmaceutical division at Alderley Park before returning to Manchester to undertake post-graduate research in biochemistry leading to a PhD.

After three years in the US Stuart returned to England to take up a position at the Medical Research Laboratories in north London, before moving back to Manchester in 1969 to undertake further research and teaching at the University; during this time he and a group of colleagues set up a successful contract research company.

In the mid-1990s, Stuart made a complete career change within the University. Finding teaching and administrative loads an increasing burden, he spent his remaining years before retirement in the field of health and safety. His wide-ranging responsibilities included liaising with architects and engineers on the design of new laboratories, training, liaison with regulatory agencies and consultancy work for start-up biotechnology companies.

Although now retired, Stuart plans shortly to re-establish links with his original studies by undertaking part-time retail pharmacy work.

Recorded on 1 November 2007
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