Papers of Robert Kennedy, 1865-1924, St Mungo Professor of Surgery, 1911-1924, University of Glasgow, Scotland

Scope and Content

  • Degrees, certificates, obituaries and correspondence 1888-1924;
  • Certificates of merit 1888;
  • Medical registration certificates 1890, 1896;
  • Certificate of appointment as Deputy Lieutenant for the City of Glasgow, related correspondence and Burgess tickets 1917;
  • Copy of entry in Matriculation Album 1888-1889;
  • Copy of Medical Examiners Schedule 1884-1888;
  • Obituaries and related correspondence from Glasgow University Senate and General Council and from the Royal Faculty of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow 1924;
  • Photographs c1919;
  • Diploma and degree certificates 1917-1922.

Administrative / Biographical History

Robert Kennedy was born on the 20th December 1865  in the East End of Glasgow. He was educated at the High School of Glasgow, and went on to study at Glasgow University . He graduated in 1887 as Bsc, and obtained a MA with honours in Natural Science a year later. He completed his medical course two years after that and graduated BMchB with commendation in 1890. He obtained a MD with honours in 1896, and a Dsc in 1899  . He continued to study as a post graduate at Edinburgh University and the University of Berlin.

In 1892  Robert Kennedy became the surgeon to the out-door department of Glasgow's Victoria Infirmary , and then of Glasgow's Western Infirmary in 1896. In 1900  , he became the Assistant Surgeon of the Western Infirmary, a position he held until 1910. In 1906  , he accepted an appointment as lecturer in Applied Anatomy at Glasgow University. In 1910  , Robert Kennedy widened his responsibilities and became Surgeon and lecturer of Clinical Surgery at the Western Infirmary. Then in 1911  , he was appointed St Mungo Professor of Surgery in the University of Glasgow, a post he held until 1924  . In the same year, he became the ex-officio Surgeon in Glasgow's Royal Infirmary. Three years later he was appointed as Senior and Consulting Surgeon in charge of the Orthopaedic Department of the Scottish National Red Cross Hospital, Bellahouston. In 1918  , he became Director and Consulting Surgeon at the Shakespeare Hospital in Glasgow, leaving a year later to become the Surgeon in Chief at Glasgow's, Bellahouston Hospital, a post he held for three years.

Kennedy's publications include: On the Regeneration of the Nerves, (1897); On the restoration of co-ordinated Movements after Nerve Crossing with Interchange of function of the Cerebral Cortical Centres , (1901); Experiments on the Restoration of paralysed Muscles by means of Nerve Anastomosis parts I, II & III, (1911,1914 & 1915); Suture et Anastomses des Nerfs in Chipault's Nerveuse , VOL I, II & III, (1903); and numerous articles and papers in medical journals. Robert Kennedy died on the 3 June 1924  .

Source: Who Was Who 1916-1928 , (1929, London); Glasgow Medical Journal , Vol. CII, (1924, Glasgow)


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Collection catalogued by Hannah Westall, Archives Assistant, 17 May 2000, and members of Glasgow University Archive Service Staff. Catalogue converted to Encoded Archival Description by Andrew Thomson, Hub Project Archivist, 03 February 2004. Catalogue edited by Emma Anthony, Business Archives Cataloguer, 2012.

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