Douglas Kinchin Adams

Biography of Douglas Kinchin Adams

Douglas Adams
Douglas Adams

Douglas Kinchin Adams graduated from the University MA in 1910 and BSc in 1912. He also undertook his medical training here, graduating MBChB in 1913 and MD in 1921. Adams’s medical interest lay in neurology, and in 1921 he was awarded the Bellahouston gold medal for his MD thesis on disseminated sclerosis. He was born in Glasgow, son of James Adams, a surgeon.

Adams received his early education at Kelvinside Academy, and went on to matriculation at the University aged 16 to study for an arts degree and later a science degree. He was awarded prizes for his work in Humanity and Physiology. Upon completing his two initial degrees at the University, he enrolled to study Medicine. During the final year of his medical training, Adams received first class certificates in Midwifery, Pathology and Medical Jurisprudence and Public Health.

After graduating MBChB in 1913, Adams served with the Royal Navy during the First World War. Upon his return to Glasgow in 1919, he became an assistant to Professor T.K Munro at the University. He was also appointed as an extra dispensary physician at the Western Infirmary. Adams took the FRFPS in Glasgow that year, followed by the MRCP in 1926. During his medical career Adams practised at various hospitals in Glasgow, including the Ministry of Pensions hospital at Bellahouston and Stobhill General Hospital. The last position that Adams held before retiring from hospital work was that of visiting physician in charge or wards at the Western Infirmary, where he was later appointed honorary consulting physician.

His Roll of Honour entry can be viewed here.


Douglas Kinchin Adams
Born 5 April 1892.
Died 6 November 1967.
University Link: Graduate
GU Degrees: MA, 1910; BSc, 1912; MBChB, 1913; MD, 1921;
Occupation categories: doctors
Additional Information: R3/1/1 (vol 2)
Record last updated: 4th May 2017

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