Pioneering sleep researcher;
Born: August 4, 1929; Died: April 25, 2012.
PROFESSOR Ian Oswald, who has died aged 82, was Emeritus Professor of Psychiatry at Edinburgh University, best-known as "the founding father" of sleep research in the UK.
He spent most of his career studying the impact of sleep, to what extent it is "restorative" to mind and body, its effect on memory and on protein synthesis, and why some sleepwalkers can turn violent. He was the author of many books and articles in scientific journals, many written jointly with his wife and fellow sleep researcher Dr Kirstine Adam. His 1966 book Sleep, published widely by Penguin, became something of a bible among future sleep researchers in the UK and beyond. How to Get a Better Night's Sleep, written with Kirstine, also became a big seller in 1983. Over the years, his research also had a major influence on the development of sleeping pills.