Victor Patterson was a consultant neurologist in Northern Ireland from 1982 until his retirement in 2008. Based at the world-famous Royal Victoria Hospital in Belfast he was principal visiting neurologist to two rural hospitals, Tyrone County in Omagh and the Erne in Enniskillen. It was there that the techniques of teleneurology were developed and their scientific basis established. In 2002 he was awarded the prize for “Best Telemedicine Network in the World”, beating much larger organisations such as the US army. He has co-authored two books – Introduction to Telemedicine, and Teleneurology – published by the Royal Society of Medicine Press, as well as writing numerous papers and editorials on the subject. He has been Visiting Fellow at the Centre for Online Health at the University of Queensland and is on the Editorial Boards of Frontiers in Telemedicine and BMC Neurology. He is an Honorary Professor in Neurology at the University of Khartoum, Sudan.