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Biography of Sir David Clyde

David Clyde
David Clyde

David Clyde was born on the 30th of March 1894 to Joseph Clyde, a Clothier in Airdrie, Lanarkshire.

He first matriculated at the University of Glasgow in 1911-12, aged 17, to study Medicine. Over the course of his five year medical degree, David would study subjects such as Anatomy, Physiology, Surgery, Pathology, Practise of Medicine and Midwifery. He also signed up to study Vaccination in his fourth year.

David graduated with an MB ChB on the 9th of October 1916.

Immediately upon graduating, David entered the R.A.M.C. (S.R.) and served in that corps during the WWI. Later, in 1925, he was posted to the United Provinces as assistant director of public health in the civil public health service and then became a civil surgeon in the medical department. He spent many years as a district medical officer, ending up as a civil surgeon at Lucknow, before proceeding to MD at the University of Glasgow which he attained on the 20th of April, 1935 with his, Highly Commended, thesis: ‘On the control of malaria during the Sarda Canal construction’.

In 1947 he became surgeon-general with the Government of Bengal: the most difficult medical administrative post in India due to famine and War in the country.

In the independence honours list on 1 January 1948 he was awarded a knighthood.

Colonel Sir David Clyde died on the 23rd November 1966. His son, David Francis, would become a distinguished malariologist in East Africa. The University of Glasgow Library have some of the published works of David Francis Clyde.


Sir David Clyde
Born 30 March 1894, Airdrie, Lanarkshire.
Died 23 November 1966.
GU Degrees: MB CHB, 1916; MD, 1935;
University Link: Graduate
Occupation categories: Malariologist
Additional Information: British Medical Journal Obituaries
Record last updated: 17th Dec 2014

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Scotland Scotland, Lanarkshire, Airdrie
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India India, Uttar Pradesh, Lucknow

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