Stuart Anderson studied pharmacy at Manchester and began his career in industry before moving to hospital pharmacy, initially in North Wales, before being appointed as principal pharmacist at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital in Liverpool, chief pharmacist at the Westminster Hospital in London and finally director of pharmaceutical services at St George’s Hospital, London. He obtained MA and PhD degrees from the University of London and joined the Centre for History in Public Health at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine to undertake research on the history of pharmacy. He retired in June 2015 as acting dean of education, and is now emeritus professor in the history of pharmacy at the School.
His publications include editing Making Medicines: A Brief History of Pharmacy and Pharmaceuticals, and Managing Pharmaceuticals in International Health. He is immediate past president of the International Academy for History of Pharmacy, a past president of the British Society for History of Pharmacy, and a former chairman of the Society for Social History of Medicine. He is the editor of the international journal Pharmaceutical Historian. He has previously undertaken pharmaceutical visits to Brazil, Ghana and Thailand, and led the Pharmacy in China tour for Jon Baines Tours.