Sir William Cameron Moffat

Biography of Sir William Cameron Moffat

William Cameron Moffat
William Cameron Moffat

Sir William Cameron Moffat graduated from the University of Glasgow MBChB in 1952. He was born in Glasgow, the son of William Weir Moffat and Margaret Garrett. He grew up in both Glasgow and Rothesay and was educated at King’s Park School. He first matriculated at the University aged 18 to study medicine, taking classes in chemistry, physics and zoology.

After graduating Moffat went on to become a ship’s surgeon on the Anchor Line’s RMS Circassia to India. He was called up for national service at Fort George, Inverness, and served as Lieutenant in the Royal Army Medical Corps as Regimental Medical Officer to the Seaforth Highlanders. He was soon promoted to Captain and then moved onto his final post as Senior Medical Officer in the Edinburgh district in 1956, serving as Major.

Moffat travelled widely during his career, and worked in both British Malaya and West Germany. His surgical skills and experience led him to be awarded the prestigious post of joint professor of military surgery for the Royal Army Medical College at Millbank and the Royal College of Surgeons of England in 1970. He remained in this post for five years and was later awarded an OBE in recognition of his contribution to the treatment of missile injuries.

Moffat had a string of prestigious appointments, including Honorary Surgeon to The Queen (QHS) on 30 November 1983. He was promoted to Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire (KBE) in 1985, as well as Commander of the Order of St John (CStJ) in the same year. He received a DSc from the University of Glasgow in 1991. He passed away in 29th June 2014.


Sir William Cameron Moffat
Born 8 September 1929.
Died 29 June 2014.
University Link: Graduate
GU Degrees: MBChB, 1952; DSc, 1991;
Occupation categories: surgeons
Record last updated: 17th Nov 2016

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