James Hinshelwood

Biography of James Hinshelwood

James Hinshelwood graduated from the University MA, MBCM and MD.

He was born in Glasgow in 1859 and while at the University, he took classes in Latin, Greek and Ethics, as well as Physics, Mathematics and English. He graduated MA in 1880. In 1884, he graduated MBCM, having studied Botany, Chemistry and Practical Pharmacy, and won medals in Practical Anatomy, the Arnott Prize for Physics, and a Certificate of Highest Distinction for Clinical Surgery. Hinshelwood also graduated MD with Commendation in 1889 with the Thesis Syphilitic nervous diseases .

Hinshelwood became FRCP and FRCS in 1896 and joined the staff of the newly opened Glasgow Eye Infirmary in 1891. He became a lecturer in ophthalmology at the Glasgow Western Medical School.

Dr Hinshelwood was a pioneering researcher into ‘word-blindness’, or dyslexia, and he contributed a number of articles and volumes to the research of ophthalmology and dyslexia between 1895 and 1917. He consolidated his work in his book Congenital Word-Blindness, published in 1917 and was the major figure in the field of congenital, or as it is now known developmental, dyslexia for nearly two decades.

Dr James Hinshelwood was honorary secretary of the medical section of the Glasgow Medico-Chirurgical Society and a member of the Glasgow Philosophical Society and of the Glasgow Central Division of the British Medical Association. He died in 1919 aged 60.


James Hinshelwood
Born 1859.
Died 22 April 1919.
University Link: Graduate
GU Degrees: MA, 1880; MB CM, 1884; MD, 1889;
Record last updated: 18th Jan 2017

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