John Dalziel Wyndham Pearce (1904-1994)
Physician and psychiatrist
Dr Pearce was born in Edinburgh, educated at George Watson's College and the University of Edinburgh to which he remained very attached throughout his life. His many posts included Physician-in-Charge, Department of Psychiatry, St Mary's Hospital, Paddington; the Queen Elizabeth Hosp[ital for Children; and the Royal Masonic Hospital; Medical director of the Portman Clinic and Institute for the Study and Treatment of Delinquency. He was also member, officer and advisor to many committees on delinquency and children's welfare, and was an examiner for the Royal Colleges in Edinburgh and elsewhere.
In 1997 Mrs Elizabeth Pearce (née Lewis) gave the Library, in her husband's memory, a considerable sum to enable it to purchase from Edinburgh City Library several historic and rare books on architecture; these enhanced the Library's own research collections, and prevented the volumes from leaving the City of Edinburgh.
A Friend of the University Library, she also gifted to the Library a picture painted ca 1920 by Thomas Wilson, Keeper of the Pictures at the House of Lords, in the experimental medium of silicon ester. Mrs Pearce's father, E. I. Lewis, Chief Scientific Advisor to the paint manufacturers Albright & Wilson, had developed silicon ester in association with Arthur Pillans Laurie, Principal of Heriot-Watt College, Edinburgh (now Heriot-Watt University).