Samson Gemmell

Biography of Samson Gemmell

Sketch of Professor Samson Gemmell
Sketch of Professor Samson Gemmell

Samson Gemmell (1848-1913) was appointed Professor of Clinical Medicine at the University in 1900 and was Regius Professor of Practice of Medicine from 1908 until 1913. In 1924 the Samson Gemmell Chair of Medical Paediatrics was founded and endowed by Gemmell's brother William. The name was changed to the Samson Gemmell Chair of Child Health in 1947.

Born in Catrine, Gemmell was educated at the local school and then at Glasgow High School. He graduated MB CM from the University in 1872. He was a resident assistant to William Tennent Gairdner at Glasgow Royal Infirmary for one year and then spent three years as resident assistant physician to Dr JB Russell at the Glasgow Fever Hospital. He became an Assistant-Demonstrator of Anatomy under Professor Allen Thomson, then an assistant under Gairdner in the Department of Practice of Medicine for four years, followed by four more years as the Professor's clinical assistant at the Western Infirmary. He was appointed physician to the Royal Infirmary in 1887 and in 1892 he became physician to the Western Infirmary.

In 1880, the year he was awarded the degree of MD by the University, Gemmell accepted the Chair of Practice of Medicine in Anderson's College Medical School. He held the Chair until he moved to the University Chair of Clinical Medicine in 1900. He was also Physician to the Glasgow Royal Hospital for Sick Children.


Samson Gemmell

Born 1848, Catrine, Scotland.
Died 2 April 1913.
University Link: Graduate, Professor
GU Degrees: MB CM, 1872; MD, 1880;
Occupation categories: paediatricians; physicians
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Record last updated: 15th Dec 2016

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