William Kerr Connell

Biography of William Kerr Connell

William Kerr Connell
William Kerr Connell

William Kerr Connell was born in Glasgow on 27th November 1898. His father John Hunter Connell was a cotton yarn merchant. The family lived at 16 Oakfield Terrace in Hillhead, Glasgow.

In 1911 at the age of 17 William enrolled at the University of Glasgow to study medicine. His first year subjects were; botany, zoology, physics and chemistry. He passed all exams first time except for chemistry which he passed on the second attempt. Throughout his University career William took further exams in subjects including; surgery, anatomy and physiology. William’s dedication to study paid off on 8th April 1916 when he graduated with MB ChB. During his studies William earned a number of prizes including first class certificates for zoology and physics.

After leaving University, William joined the Royal Army Medical Corps serving with the Waziristan Expeditionary Force until 1920 as a medical officer. Upon returning back to Glasgow William briefly took up a position as a house surgeon. He also worked as a demonstrator in Anatomy at Glasgow University, leaving in 1922 to travel to London. Whilst in London William held house appointments at both London and Beckett Hospitals. In 1924 William left the United Kingdom and moved to Tanzania serving as a medical officer until 1936 and then a surgical specialist for a further ten years. During his years in Tanzania William took time to write a surgeons handbook for the use of his African peers and colleagues. In 1948 William returned to Glasgow and held a position at the University as a lecturer in Anatomy until his death in 1952. William was remembered in the British Medical Journal obituary by John Harkness as “an outstanding personality in the Colonial Service”. For his service to medicine William was awarded the Fellowship of the Royal college of Surgeons. William Kerr Connell's Roll of Honour entry can be viewed here.


William Kerr Connell
Born 27 November 1898, Scotland.
University Link: Graduate
GU Degree: M.B, 1916;
Occupation categories: lecturers
Additional Information: R3/1/2
Record last updated: 6th Mar 2019

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