Samuel Lovell Davidson Spain Scotland

Biography of Samuel Lovell Davidson

Samuel Lovell Davidson
Samuel Lovell Davidson

Samuel Lovell Davidson graduated from the University MB ChB in 1938. He was born in Rio Tinto, Huelva, where his father, Norman, was the doctor at the Rio Tinto Mines.

In 1931, Davidson enrolled at the University, attending classes in Chemistry, Physics, Zoology, Physiology, Pathology, and Midwifery and Sick Children, graduating MB ChB in 1938.

Specialising in paediatrics, Davidson had a distinguished career as a consultant paediatric surgeon, and held at several appointments at various hospitals, including Glasgow Royal Infirmary, the Sick Children’s Hospital in Edinburgh, and the Royal Hospital for Sick Children in Yorkhill, Glasgow (1948-1977). He gained the Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh in 1944, and became a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons in Glasgow in 1965.

In 1919, Davidson was diagnosed as having diabetes mellitus, which had no known treatment. He became the first diabetic in Scotland to receive Insulin injections in 1923, a course of treatment which he continued for the rest of his life. 76 years on Insulin made him the longest living diabetic patient.


Samuel Lovell Davidson
Born 30 July 1912.
Died 8 August 1999.
GU Degree: MB ChB, 1938; Medical, Veterinary and Life Sciences,
University Link: Alumnus, Graduate
Occupation categories: paediatricians
English snippet: Famous paediatric surgeon, the first diabetic patient in Scotland to receive insulin
Spanish; Castilian snippet: Famoso pediatra, y el primer paciente en Escocia con diabetes al que se le administrĂł insulina
Record last updated: 18th Mar 2013

Country Associations

Spain Spain, Huelva, Rio Tinto
Place of Birth

Scotland Scotland, Lanarkshire, Glasgow

University Connections

University Roles

  • Alumnus
  • Graduate