John Nicholas Balaskas

Biography of John Nicholas Balaskas

John Nicholas Balaskas, matriculation slip, 1923-24
John Nicholas Balaskas, matriculation slip, 1923-24

John Nicholas Balaskas was a medical graduate of the University of Glasgow.

He was born in Galaxidi, Greece on 27th November 1900, the son of Nicholas Balaskas, a hotel proprietor. John briefly attended the University of Cape Town before enrolling at the University of Glasgow in session 1923-24. On enrolment, he listed his home address as Kimberley, South Africa and his present address as Charing Cross, Glasgow.

John was granted exemption from the first year of the medical course because of his previous studies, so straight away began second year classes. In his first year, he signed up for Anatomy and Physiology. In order to graduate MBChB, John had to pass 10 classes (not including the 4 first year classes from which he was exempt), including Surgery, Midwifery, Pathology, and Clinical Medicine.

John struggled, passing only two classes on the first attempt (Medical Jurisprudence and Public Health, both in September 1928). He spent 10 years studying at the University, and eventually passed all of his exams. He graduated MBChB on 21st October 1933.

Upon graduating, John worked as a medical practitioner. At first he remained in Glasgow, but by 1945 was living in South Africa. The 1970 General Council Register lists him as living in Johannesburg.


John Nicholas Balaskas
Born 27 November 1900.
University Link: Graduate
GU Degree: MBChB, 1933;
Occupation categories: Medical Practitioner
Record last updated: 24th May 2019

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