Biography of Sir William Macewen
Sir William Macewen
Sir William Macewen (1848-1924) was Regius Professor of Surgery at the University from 1892 to 1924.
Born in Port Bannatyne on the Isle of Bute, Macewen studied Medicine at the University from 1865 to 1869 and graduated MB CM. He worked in a number of Glasgow hospitals and was appointed Professor of Clinical Surgery at St Mungo's College of Medicine in 1888. Macewen became famous for the introduction of successful aseptic procedures in the operating theatre; as a pioneer of brain surgery and for the development of a number of successful operating techniques and procedures in bone surgery. Among many honours, he received an LLD from the University in 1890 and was knighted in 1902.