Professor Crispian Scully CBE, DSc, DChD, DMed (HC), Dhc (multi), MD, PhD, PhD (HC), FMedSci, MDS, MRCS, BSc, FDSRCS, FDSRCPS, FFDRCSI, FDSRCSEd FRCPath, FHEA (1945‐2017)
It is almost impossible to summarize such a monumental academic life in a brief way, but I will try to focus on the most important moments of Professor Scully's career.
Professor Scully qualified in Dentistry at the University of London in 1968 and trained for a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry (1971: first class honours). He qualified in Medicine (1974) before undertaking research as a Research Fellow funded by the Medical Research Council. His Doctor of Philosophy, in Pathology, was awarded in 1979 and he was appointed Lecturer and then Senior Lecturer in Oral Medicine and Immunology at the University of Glasgow, obtaining the Fellowship in Dental Surgery (Glasgow) in 1979. In 1982, he was appointed to the Chair and Head of Department of Oral Medicine, Surgery and Pathology at the University of Bristol. He was appointed Dean from 1985 until 1990. He gained his Membership in Pathology (1983), Doctorate in Medicine (1987) and Mastership in Dental Surgery (1988) on the basis of research publications, the Fellowship in Oral Medicine (Ireland) by examination in 1989, the Fellowship in Dental Surgery (England) and Fellowship of the Royal College of Pathologists in 1992 and the Fellowship in Dental Surgery (Edinburgh) and Fellowship of the Academy of Medical Sciences in 1998. He was appointed Dean, Director of Studies and Research and Professor of Oral Medicine, Pathology and Microbiology at the Eastman Dental Institute, University of London, in 1994 and was reappointed for 2 further 5‐year terms from 1999 and 2004. He was Clinical Director of the Eastman between 1995 and 1996. Professor Scully was also Co‐director of the World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for oral health, disability and culture from 1998 until 2008.
Professor Scully authored over 1100 publications of all types and published over 40 textbooks as author, co‐author or editor. His books led to many award of publication prizes including the Doody Prize for one of the top‐selling medical or dental books worldwide and British Medical Association High Commendation and the Society of Authors/Royal Society of Medicine Prize.
He founded two journals, Oral Oncology and Oral Diseases, both of which are considered to be amongst the best journals of their subject areas. Professor Scully was past Editor of Oral Oncology, but he was still Co‐editor of Oral Diseases and Co‐editor of Medicina Oral, Patologia Oral and Cirurgia Oral and Associate Editor of Journal of Investigative and Clinical Dentistry.
Professor Scully received the Colgate‐Palmolive Research Prize of the International Association for Dental Research, the University of Helsinki Medal of Honour, the University of Granada Gold Medal, the University of Santiago de Compostela Dental Award for Clinical Research and eponymous University lectureships in USA (California, Harvard), UK (London, Oxford), Europe (Belgrade, Helsinki, Ljubljana), the Royal Colleges of Surgeons in England and in Glasgow and the Royal Army Medical Corps. Professor Scully has received the Fellowship of University College of London and Doctorates from the Universities of Athens, Granada, Helsinki and Pretoria. Moreover, Professor Scully has received the Award of the Spanish Society for Oral Medicine and Fellowship of the Greek Society for Oral Medicine. He was awarded the UK Dental Award for the Most Outstanding Achievements in Dentistry, and Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) for Service to Dental Patient Care in the 1999 New Year Honours.