Edward Oswald Fergus

Biography of Edward Oswald Fergus

Oswald Fergus (middle) with his brothers John and Andrew, c1927
Oswald Fergus (middle) with his brothers John and Andrew, c1927

Edward Oswald Fergus (1861-1946) was an alumnus of the University and a pioneering dentist, famous for inventing the dental 'Phantom' head, which was used for simulated dental teaching.

Born in Glasgow in 1861 to Dr Andrew Fergus, he trained in dentistry and qualified as a Licentiate in Dental Surgery of the Faculty of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow in 1884, having taken classes at the University. He worked as an assistant dental surgeon at the Glasgow Dental Hospital and School, as well as running a dental practice in Glasgow, before a period of postgraduate education in the United States. He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a Doctor of Dental Surgery in 1892 and returned to Glasgow to take up dental practice again.

He presented his invention at the Annual Meeting of the British Dental Association in 1894. Although it has been modified over the years the 'Phantom' head is still an important teaching aid for dental students today.

Fergus was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh in 1906. He died in 1946.


Edward Oswald Fergus

Born 1861, Glasgow, Scotland.
Died 1946.
University Link: Student
GU Degree:
Occupation categories: dentists
Record last updated: 27th Sep 2010

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Edward Oswald Fergus is listed on the University of Glasgow World Changing website.

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