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John Gray McKendrick
John Gray McKendrick

John Gray McKendrick (1841-1926) was Regius Professor of Physiology at the University, 1876 to 1906. He was awarded an LLD in 1907.

Born in Aberdeen, McKendrick studied at the University there and at Edinburgh, graduating MB, ChB in 1864. In 1869 he became assistant to Hughes Bennett, Professor of Physiology at Edinburgh. He delivered extra-mural lectures (one of his students was Sophia Jex Blake) and pursued his own acclaimed research on the nervous system and special senses. In 1876 he was appointed Professor of Theory of Physic or Institutes of Medicine at the University of Glasgow.

Under McKendrick's leadership, the department concentrated on the study and teaching of Physiology and the name of the chair was altered accordingly in 1893. McKendrick helped to raise tens of thousands of pounds to furnish modern equipment for research. He was reputed to be one of the most popular lecturers of his generation and his publications included pioneering research papers and the popular Text Book of Physiology (1888-1889).

McKendrick was a founder member of the Physiological Society and Fullerian Professor at the Royal Institution. He was Provost of Stonehaven in 1910.


John Gray McKendrick

Born 9 March 1841, Aberdeen, Scotland.
Died 2 January 1926.
GU Degree: LLD, 1907;
University Link: Honorary Graduate, Professor
Occupation categories: physiologists
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Record last updated: 23rd Dec 2015

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