Alexander "Sandy" McCall Smith, CBE, FRSE (born 24 August 1948), is a British/Zimbabwean writer and Emeritus Professor of Medical Law at the University of Edinburgh. He became a respected expert on medical law and bioethics and served on British and international committees concerned with them. He has since become known as a writer of fiction, with sales of English-language versions exceeding 40 million by 2010 and translations into 46 languages. He is widely known as the creator of The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series. "McCall" forms part of his surname.