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Biography of James Menzies Clow

James Menzies Clow graduated MB ChB from the University in 1928 and MD in 1943.

Born in Glasgow, he served as a medical missionary in North China from 1929 under the Baptist Missionary Society, where he contributed to the development and influence of the hospital at Sian, Shensi (modern day Xi'an, Shaanxi). There he also married fellow medical missionary and Glasgow graduate, Elizabeth.

Clow continued with medical research obtaining Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons (Ed) in 1936, and MD in 1946 with his thesis Kala Azar in Shensi province of North China. He went on to take the Diploma in Tropical Medicine and Hygiene in 1947 and gained the Milne Medal in Tropical Medicine at Liverpool.

During the Second World War, Clow served as Major in the Royal Army Medical Corps of the British Military Mission in China. Thereafter he was appointed MBE.

By 1951, Clow had to leave China, and settled in Caistor, Lincolnshire where he had a private practice.


Other Online Resources

Archival Materials

  • College Courant, 47, 1971, p.58


James Menzies Clow
Born 5 May 1904.
Died 19 September 1971.
GU Degrees: MB ChB, 1927; MD, 1943;
University Link: Graduate
Occupation categories: missionaries; surgeons
English snippet: Medical graduate of the University of Glasgow in 1928 and 1943, medical missionary to China
Record last updated: 2nd Dec 2013

Country Associations

Scotland Scotland, Glasgow
Place of Birth

England England, Caistor
Place of Death

China China, Shaanxi

University Connections

University Roles

  • Graduate