William James Fleming

Biography of William James Fleming

William James Fleming graduated MB (1872) and MD (1879) from the University of Glasgow, and went on to become one of the first dispensary surgeons at the Western Infirmary. He was born in Lanarkshire and was the eldest son of the surgeon John Gibson Fleming.

Fleming first matriculated at the University in 1863 to study for an Arts degree at age 15, however he switch his degree to Medicine in 1868. After graduating in 1872 Fleming worked with Joseph Lister as a house-surgeon and was a dispensary surgeon at the Western Infirmary for one year. Fleming then moved to London to continue his studies before travelling to mainland Europe.

Upon his return to Glasgow he was appointed as lecturer in Physiology at the Royal Infirmary Medical School which later became known as St Mungo's College. He also worked as a surgeon at the Royal Infirmary and the Royal Hospital for Sick Children. After the Queen Margaret College medical department had been establish, Fleming was appointed as a lecturer on Surgery. From 1889 to 1893 he was a degree examiner in Surgery and Clinical Surgery at the University of Glasgow.

He passed away in 1901 at age 52.


William James Fleming
Died 1901.
University Link: Graduate
GU Degrees: MB, 1872; MD, 1879;
Record last updated: 22nd Aug 2017

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