Biography of AJ Cronin
Archibald Joseph Cronin (1896-1981) was a graduate of the University who became one of Britain's most successful novelists.
Born in Cardross, the son of Glasgow's first female public health inspector, Cronin matriculated to study at the University before the First World War. His studies were interupted by his war service as a Surgeon Sub-Lieutenant in the Royal Navy, but he finally graduated MB, ChB in 1919 and MD in 1925, gaining a diploma in Public Health in London along the way.
Cronin was Medical Inspector for Mines from 1924 to 1926 and went into private practice in London. In 1930 he retired to the Scottish Highlands after a bout of ill-health, and published his first novel, Hatter's Castle, the following year. He gave up medicine to concentrate on writing, and novels such as The Stars Look Down and The Citadel were greeted with critical and popular acclaim. A series of his short stories provided the inspiration for the popular television drama, Dr Finlay's Casebook.
Cronin moved to the USA in 1939 and then to Switzerland after the Second World War.