Sir Alec Turnbull was a Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology in Oxford and a key figure in the development of minimally invasive surgery in this country.
Sir Alec saw the potential of endoscopic surgery, having observed Kurt Semm pioneering work in Germany. He chaired symposia to promote awareness and further the knowledge of laparascopic techniques, offering full use of his hospital’s facilities and providing support and guidance throughout.
Even though he was terminally ill, he attended every session as well as acting as host at the evening dinners. This was typical of his generosity and enthusiasm and of his encouragement of the development of new ideas.
Every year the BSGE organise a Sir Alec Turnbull lecture at the ASM in his honour.
- 1990 Professor Jacques Donnez, Hull
- 1991 Dr. Mickey Baggish, Northampton
- 1992 Professor Kurt Semm, Chertsey
- 1993 Dr Alain Audebert, Middlesborough
- 1994 Professor Denis Querleu, Birmingham
- 1995 tbc Glasgow
- 1996 Professor Daniel F G Dargent, London
- 1997 Professor Franklin D Loffer, ESGE/BSGE
- 1998 Professor Jean-Bernard Dubuisson
- 1999 Professor Christopher Sutton, Plymouth
- 2000 Professor Kees Wamsteker, Leeds
- 2001 Professor Thierry Vancaille, Winchester
- 2002 Professor Michelle Nisolle, Portsmouth
- 2003 Dr Harry Reich, Glasgow (joint meeting)
- 2004 Mr Adam Magos, Dublin
- 2005 Mr John DulembaTBC London, ISGE/BSGE
- 2006 Dr Olav Istre, Sheffield
- 2007 Dr Peter Maher, Birmingham
- 2008 Professor Hans Brolmann, ESGE/BSGE, Amsterdam
- 2009 Mr Anthony Smith, London
- 2010 Professor Jeremy Wright, Wirral
- 2011 Professor Ray Garry, ESGE/BSGE, London
- 2012 Mr Charles Koh, Cardiff
- 2013 Professor Peter O’Donovan, Brighton
- 2014 Professor Frank Willem Jansen, Norwich
- 2015 Professor Sian Jones, London
- 2016 Mr Alfred Cutner, Cornwall
- 2017 Professor Arnaud Wattiez,Strasbourg