Janet Niven

Biography of Janet Niven

Janet Niven
Janet Niven

Janet Simpson Ferguson Niven (1902-1974) was a graduate of the University and the first woman to win the Brunton Memorial Prize for the most distinguished graduate of her year. She was awarded an LLD in 1967.

After graduating MB, ChB with first class honours and the Brunton Prize in 1925, Niven was awarded the the Faulds Research Fellowship, 1924 to 1928; the McCunn Scholarship, 1928 to 1940; and the Carnegie Research Fellowship, 1940 to 1942, and she was awarded an MD in 1932 for her research on tissue culture. She joined the University's Pathology Department and became an assistant pathologist at the Western Infirmary.

Niven served in the Army as a pathologist during the Second World War, growing tissue cells for the preparation of viruses and preparing vaccine against scrub fever, and she rose to the rank of Major. She worked for the National Institute for Medical Research, in the Division of Bacteriology and Virus Research and then as Head of the Laboratory of Cytopathology, from 1947 to 1967.


Janet Niven

Born 1902.
Died 15 July 1974.
University Link: Alumnus, Researcher
GU Degrees: MB ChB, 1925; LLD, 1967;
Occupation categories: virologists
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Record last updated: 15th Aug 2008

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