Professor John Anderson

Scope and Content

Personal papers, 1908-1935; personal and family photographs, 1908-1935; photographs of the first world war, 1914-1918; medical photographs, c 1920-1935

Administrative / Biographical History

Professor John Anderson, D.S.O., M.B., Ch.B., F.R.C.S.E. (1886-1935).

Professor of Surgery, University College, Dundee.

Professor John Anderson was born 1886 at Macduff, Banffshire. He graduated at Aberdeen University in 1908. After one year as a House surgeon at Dundee Royal Infirmary he became a surgical officer at the Beckett Hospital, Barnsley and then studied at Tuebingen and Berliner Universities. In these two years there he acquired a working knowledge of experimental and applied methods of research. In 1911 he came back to Dundee and worked as an assistant surgeon at Dundee Royal Infirmary.

On the outbreak of the first World War he joined the R.A.M.C. He was made surgical specialist to the 20th Casualty Clearing Station in France and later served as consulting surgeon to the 3rd Army under Sir Henry Gray. In 1918 he was awarded the D.S.O.

After World War I he continued his work with great ability and zealous devotion to surgery. He was elected to two of the most exclusive surgical clubs in the county, Membership of the Moynihan Club entailed annual visits to the principal surgical clinics at home and on the continent.

He was appointed to numerous hospital posts, including those of surgeon to the Royal Infirmary, to the Glenlomond Sanatorium, the Infants hospital and Arbroath Infirmary. Students and patients gave him the highest respect.

In 1930 he married the child of Maj.-General E. G. Sinclair- Maclaganin. With her he had two children, Kathleen and Isobel Jean.

He became a senior surgeon at Dundee Royal Infirmary and he succeeded the late Prof. Turton Price in 1933. At the age of 49 he died on August 17th 1935.

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Deposited by Kay Anderson, November 2005.

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Description compiled by Mareike Platt April 2006

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