Biography of Sir Robert Muir
Sir Robert Muir, c 1900
Sir Robert Muir (1864-1959) was Professor of Pathology at the University from 1899 to 1936 and Dean of Faculties from 1946 to 1949. He was awarded an LLD in 1937.
Born in Balfron, the son of a minister, Muir studied at the University of Edinburgh and graduated MA in 1884 and MB, CM with first-class honours in 1888. He was briefly Professor of Pathology at the University of St Andrews, Fife, before his appointment to the Glasgow Chair in 1899. Muir was recognised as one of the world's leading teachers, researchers and writers in his field and was an authority on diseases of the blood cells and breast cancer. Whilst working at the Western Infirmary he helped developed one of the most advanced Pathology departments of the time. His Textbook of Pathology (1924) was especially well received.
Promoted to the rank of Lieutenant-Colonel, Muir took charge of the pathological and bacteriological work at the 3rd and 4th Scottish General Hospitals during the First World War and was Inspector of Laboratories in Scotland. In 1929, he was awarded a Royal Medal for his work on immunity and he was knighted in 1934.