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Biography of Joseph Lister Baron Lister

Joseph Lister
Joseph Lister

Joseph Lister, Baron Lister (1827-1912), developed his revolutionary system of antiseptic surgery while Professor of Surgery at the University from 1860 to 1869. Lister House Hall of Residence is named for him.

Lister was born in Essex and became a surgeon in 1853. He became visiting surgeon at Glasgow Royal Infirmary in 1861, the year after he became Professor of Surgery at the University. In 1865 he began experimenting with the use of carbolic acid as a barrier against infection in cases of compound fractures at the Royal.

In 1869 Lister left Glasgow to become Professor of Clinical Surgery at the University of Edinburgh. Eight years later he was appointed Professor of Surgery at King's College, London. He was awarded a peerage in 1883.


Joseph Lister Baron Lister

Born 5 April 1827, England.
Died 10 February 1912.
GU Degree: LLD, 1879;
University Link: Graduate, Honorary Graduate, Professor
Occupation categories: surgeons
NNAF Reference: GB/NNAF/P17574
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Record last updated: 25th Sep 2013

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Joseph Lister Baron Lister is listed on the University of Glasgow World Changing website.

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