Joseph Lister Baron Lister
Biography of Joseph Lister Baron Lister
Joseph Lister, Baron Lister (1827-1912), developed his revolutionary system of antiseptic surgery while Professor of Surgery at the University from 1860 to 1869. Lister House Hall of Residence is named for him.
Lister was born in Essex and became a surgeon in 1853. He became visiting surgeon at Glasgow Royal Infirmary in 1861, the year after he became Professor of Surgery at the University. In 1865 he began experimenting with the use of carbolic acid as a barrier against infection in cases of compound fractures at the Royal.
In 1869 Lister left Glasgow to become Professor of Clinical Surgery at the University of Edinburgh. Eight years later he was appointed Professor of Surgery at King's College, London. He was awarded a peerage in 1883.
World Changing Achievements
Joseph Lister Baron Lister is listed on the University of Glasgow World Changing website.
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