LSA 1882; MRCS Eng 1882; MB Lond 1883, BS 1884; FRCS Eng 1885.
Collier was born in Hyde on 6 October 1855, he was educated at Manchester Grammar School and Owens College Manchester. Collier was demonstrator in anatomy at Manchester, and took over the department when Professor Morrison Watson was ill. Collier was appointed house surgeon at MRI, before being promoted to RSO. He was soon recognised as a very talented surgeon, and was appointed honorary surgeon at Pendlebury and Crumpsall Hospitals in Manchester. In 1899 Collier was elected honorary assistant surgeon at MRI, becoming full surgeon in 1900. Collier also had an extensive private practice and was a captain in the territorial army section of the RAMC. Collier was also a great mountaineer and rock climber, being the first to climb Pier's Ghyll and other climbs. Collier died of malignant disease of the pancreas on 13 October 1905.