Captain Ernest McMurchie Dunlop

Biography of Captain Ernest McMurchie Dunlop

Ernest Dunlop was born in Glasgow on the 15th November 1893. His father, Thomas, was a chemist and the family lived in Pollokshields. He was educated at Hutcheson's Grammar School and in 1910, at the young age of 16, went up to the University of Glasgow, where he had a very distinguished undergraduate career in the Faculty of Medicine.

Amongst his many achievements he gained a distinction in the classes of Anatomy and Physiology in March 1913, a first class honours certificate in 1915, a second class certificate in gynaecology and a first class certificate in clinical medicine in 1916.

His greatest distinction, however, was to graduate as the Brunton medallist in 1916. The Brunton Memorial Prize, was, and continues to be, awarded to the most distinguished graduate of the year in medicine.

His war service was just as distinguished. He volunteered for the Royal Army Medical Corps and was attached to the 14th Worcester Battalion, which landed in France on 21st June 1916. His gallant service as a Captain was recognised by the award of the Military Cross (MC).

Returning to civilian life after the war he pursued his medical career in the school of pathology at the University of Glasgow and was appointed as a lecturer in bacteriology in 1922. In 1930 he graduated MD from his alma mater. In 1932 he was appointed to the chair of bacteriology in the University of Durham at Newcastle upon Tyne and he held this post until his retirement in 1959. Colleagues there remembered him not only as an outstanding teacher and researcher but also as a man who brought tranquillity and wise counsel to his duties as well as a strong pastoral commitment to his students.

On his retirement in 1959, he returned to Scotland, to Ayrshire, and enjoyed a peaceful decade. He died in 1969. A contributor to his obituary in the Lancet summed up his life in war and peace in moving terms;

"He was a great lover of peace, very rarely driven to anger and always in sympathy with the oppressed. With this he had much in common with his compatriot, Robert Burns."


Captain Ernest McMurchie Dunlop
Rank: Captain
Regiment: Royal Army Medical Corps
Degree: MB ChB
Awards: Military Cross
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Photo ID: DC 225/1/2


Biography: From information contributed by the family; The Lancet (April 29th 1969); The London Gazette, (Ref: PRO WO/372/6)

University of Glasgow Archives, Faculty and Registry Records

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