Barry Shurlock

Barry Shurlock has spent most of his working life in the UK publishing industry. After studying and researching at Cambridge he worked for 15 years as a commissioning editor for London publishers (Butterworths and Chapman & Hall), specialising in academic medical books and journals. In the mid–1980s he went freelance, contributing articles on medical subjects to a wide variety of mainly academic publications. At the time he became interested in the history of Winchester, Hampshire, where lives, and co-founded a local history group, with its own journal Worthy History and other publications. He was instrumental in bringing to the Hampshire Record Office a large cache of material from the archives of the dukes of Bedford, mainly relating to the 18th century. For the last few years he has been editing the letters of the Winchester cleric and classical scholar, Philip Williams (1742–1830), with the permission of the archivist, warden and fellows of Winchester College.

In the early part of his career, he won a state scholarship to Christ's College, Cambridge, where he read Natural Sciences, specialising in physical chemistry (the 'physics of chemistry'). He remained at Cambridge to carry out research for a doctorate and completed his studies at the University College of Swansea, South Wales. He continued research at Berkeley Nuclear Laboratories, but in his late 20s underwent a complete change of direction by taking a job in publishing. Now semi-retired, he writes regularly for Circulation (American Heart Association) and the European Heart Journal (European Society of Cardiology).

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