John Alexander McKinnon Tanzania, United Republic of England Scotland

Biography of John Alexander McKinnon

John Alexander McKinnon graduated MBChB from the University of Glasgow in 1950, and MD in 1958. He was born at Dar es Salaam, son of Andrew Alexander, a colonial civil servant, and brother to Glasgow student Alan Ferguson.

McKinnon also served in the Royal Army Medical Corps at Suez, attaining the rank of major. McKinnon was then posted to Kenya upon enlisting in the colonial medical service, during which time he experienced the Mau Mau uprising (between 1952 and 1960) and attended the future president, Jomo Kenyatta, during his internment. McKinnon used his experiences in Kenya to form the basis of his MD thesis, Kala-Azar in Kenya with particular reference to Baringo district - the kala-azar disease being the second-largest parasitic killer in the world after malaria. He graduated MD on MD Ordinary 5 July 1958.

After Kenyan independence in 1963, McKinnon returned to the UK. He obtained his Diploma in Public Health in London, and worked as a consultant in public health medicine in Dudley from 1966 until 1993.


Other Online Resources

Archival Materials

  • DC183/11/98 General Council Register 1973
  • R1/5/3 Higher Degrees in Medicine 1889-1987 (M.D.)


John Alexander McKinnon
Born 9 October 1927.
Died 28 January 1999.
GU Degrees: MBChB, 1950; Medical, Veterinary and Life Sciences, MD, 1958; Medical, Veterinary and Life Sciences,
University Link: Alumnus, Graduate
Occupation categories: physicians
English snippet: Medical graduate of the University of Glasgow in 1950 and 1958
Record last updated: 16th Jan 2014

Country Associations

Tanzania, United Republic of Tanzania, United Republic of, Dar Es Salaam
Place of Birth

England England, Dudley
Place of Death

Scotland Scotland, Ayr

University Connections

University Roles

  • Alumnus
  • Graduate