Carl Hamilton Browning

Biography of Carl Hamilton Browning

Carl Hamilton Browning (1881-1972) held the Gardiner Chair of Bacteriology at the University from 1919 until 1951.

Browning was born in Glasgow in 1881. He attended Glasgow Academy where he was Dux 1896-97 and triple medallist in Classics, English and Mathematics. His academic excellence continued at the University of Glasgow where he graduated MB ChB with Honours in 1903 and MD with Honours and Bellahouston Gold Medal in 1907.

Browning joined the Pathology Department of the University and worked with Professor Robert Muir as Coats Scholar and then Carnegie Fellow. Browning then moved to Frankfurt-am-Main for two years to work as Assistant to Professor Paul Ehrlich. During his time with Ehrlich, he developed his lifelong interest in chemotherapy. On his return to Glasgow, he became Lecturer in Bacteriology (1908-11) and Director of the Clinical Laboratory at the Western Infirmary (1911-14).

At the outbreak of the First World War, Browning became Director of the Bland-Sutton Institute of Pathology at the Middlesex Hospital. In 1918 he was appointed Professor of Bacteriology at the University of London. The Gardiner Chair of Bacteriology was founded at the University of Glasgow in 1919 and Browning returned to Glasgow to become the first incumbent of the Chair.

Browning published on bacteriological subjects and was an expert on serological tests. He was awarded an LLD from the University of St Andrews in 1935. A year later he was awarded the Cameron Prize by the University of Edinburgh for his work on chemotherapy. Shortly before his retirement from the Gardiner Chair in 1951, his friends and students presented him with his bust by Benno Schotz. In 1952 the University awarded him the honorary degree of LLD.


Carl Hamilton Browning

Born 1881, Glasgow, Scotland.
Died 22 January 1972.
University Link: Alumnus, Lecturer, Professor
GU Degrees: MB ChB, 1903; MD, 1907; LLD, 1952;
Occupation categories: immunologists
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Record last updated: 15th Dec 2016

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