Daniel Cappell

Biography of Daniel Cappell

Daniel Cappell
Daniel Cappell

Daniel Fowler Cappell (1900-1976) was Professor of Pathology at the University from 1945 to 1967 and Dean of Faculties, 1970 to 1973. He founded the Cappell Award in 1967.

Born in Glasgow, the son of a pharmacist, Cappell was educated at Hillhead High School, Glasgow Academy and the University of Glasgow. He graduated MB, ChB in 1921 and worked as a demonstrator in Anatomy and Pathology. He was awarded the Stuthers Medal and Prize for his work with Thomas Walmsley, establishing the exact locations of the neurovascular hila of the limb muscles. He also won the McCunn Scholarship in Pathology, and his work on vital staining gained him an MD and the award of a Bellahouston Gold Medal.

Cappell was a lecturer in Pathology from 1928 until 1931, when he was appointed Professor of Pathology at St Andrews University's medical school in Dundee, and was appointed Dean of the Faculty of Medicine there in 1939. He returned to Glasgow on his appointment to the Chair of Pathology in 1945, having undertaken pioneering research in blood grouping with Dr Marjorie Macfarlane.

By attracting talented members of staff to Glasgow, encouraging specialisation in histopathology and the development of departments of dematological and neurological pathology, and by establishing the Scottish Bone Tumour Registry, Cappell did much to further the reputation of his department at Glasgow. He was a key figure in setting up the College of Pathologists, of which he was one of the first vice-presidents, and served on many national and other committees.


Daniel Cappell

Born 1900, Glasgow, Scotland.
Died 13 February 1976.
University Link: Alumnus, Dean of Faculties, Lecturer, Professor
GU Degrees: MB ChB, 1921; MD,
Occupation categories: pathologists
Record last updated: 12th Aug 2008

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