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Biography of John Morison

John Morison graduated MBChB from the University in 1901, and DPH in 1914. He was born in Rajshahi, India, modern day Bangladesh, son of former Glasgow graduate Donald Morison, a medical missionary in Rajshahi from 1878-1900.

Morison went on to join the Indian Medical Service from 1908-35, and served during World War I. After the war, Morison was appointed to the research department of IMS. As director of the Pasteur Institute of Rangoon in 1927, Morison developed his keen research interest in bacteriophage (a bacteria-eating virus) with a visit from Professor Felix d’Herelle, the pioneering microbiologist. Morison continued with his research into bacteriophage with the aim of eradicating cholera and bacterial dysentery through the treatment of water supplied and patients in India. During his appointment as Director of King Edward VII Pasteur Institute and Medical Research Institute, Shillong, Assam, he was appointed Companion of the Most Eminent Order of the Indian Empire (CIE) in 1932.

Morison retired from the IMS in 1934, but returned to carry out research at the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh and at the Usher Institute. Morison was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, and died in Edinburgh on 21 February 1971.


Other Online Resources

Archival Materials

  • College Courant, Vol23, No46, 1971, p.54
  • R3/1/1 (vol 2) Register of dates of birth of graduates 1881-1915


John Morison
Born 6 November 1879.
Died 21 February 1971.
GU Degree: MB, 1902;
University Link: Alumnus, Graduate
Occupation categories: bacteriologists; military; physicians
WWI: View WWI Roll of Honour Entry
Additional Information: R3/1/1 (vol 2)
English snippet: Medical graduate of the University of Glasgow, prominent bacteriophage researcher
Record last updated: 9th Jun 2014

Country Associations

Bangladesh Bangladesh, Rajshahi
Place of Birth

Scotland Scotland, Edinburgh
Place of Death

India India, Assam, Shillong

Myanmar Myanmar, Yangon

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