Biography of Charles Badham
Charles Badham (1780-1845) was Regius Professor of Practice of Medicine at the University from 1827 to 1841.
Born in London, Badham graduated MD from the University of Edinburgh in 1802. He became physician to the Duke of Sussex and to the Westminster General Dispensary, but also pursued studies in the classics. He matriculated to study at Pembroke College, Oxford in 1806 and graduated BA (1811), MA (1812), BM, and DM (1817), while continuing to practice in medicine. In March 1818 he was elected a fellow of the Royal Society, and in September that year was admitted a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians. His publications reflected his dual careers as a physician and a classical scholar - he produced important works on bronchitis as well as translations of Juvenal.
Badham spent several years travelling in Europe before his appointment to the Glasgow chair. He continued to travel thereafter, and on several occasions announced, from foreign countries, that he was too ill to lecture to his students - Harry Rainy was appointed to take on part of his teaching load. In 1841 he resigned from his chair without informing the Principal.