Britain's only professor of otolaryngology for many years, Harrison was knighted for services to the specialty. As both surgical pioneer and eminent comparative anatomist, he was uniquely placed to see the clinical and educational applications of his specimens. Some of these emerge in his account of the collection, 'The Anatomy and Physiology of the Mammalian Larynx' (1995), and the academic papers he published in the specialist journals of the day.