Biography of Bryan Jennett
Bryan Jennett and Graham Teasdale
William Bryan Jennett (1926-2008) was the first Professor of Neurosurgery at the University, from 1968 to 1991. He was Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, 1981 to 1986.
A graduate of the University of Liverpool (MB, ChB 1949 and MD, 1960), Jennett held junior hospital posts and completed his National Service as a surgical specialist in the RAMC before continuing his training as a Neurosurgeon at Liverpool, Oxford and Cardiff. He was appointed Lecturer in Neurosurgery at the University of Manchester in 1957 and came to Glasgow as Consultant Neurosurgeon in 1963. In 1968, he was appointed to what was the first full-time chair of Neurosurgery in Scotland.
Jennett was considered the leading neurosurgeon of his generation, who coined the term "vegetative state" with Dr Fred Plum in 1972 and created the famous "Glasgow Coma Scale" with Graham Teasdale in 1974. His publications included the ground-breaking Epilepsy after Blunt Head Injury (1962), An Introduction to Neurosurgery (1964) (which has appeared in five editions), Management of Head Injuries (1981) and The Vegetative State: medical facts, ethical and legal dilemmas (2002). He was made a CBE in 1992.