Arthur Turnbull

Biography of Arthur Turnbull

Arthur Turnbull's Matriculation Slip 1901-1902
Arthur Turnbull's Matriculation Slip 1901-1902

Arthur Turnbull graduated from the University of Glasgow MA in 1904, BSc in 1907 and MB ChB in 1909. He was born on 20 July 1884 in Glasgow, the son of John Shaw, an iron merchant.

Turnbull first matriculated at the University aged 17 in 1901 to study for an arts degree. He took classes in subjects such as Greek, Latin and Moral Philosophy. Towards the end of his MA he turned to concentrate on the sciences, taking classes in Natural Philosophy and Chemistry. After graduating MA, Turnbull continued in this direction and enrolled to study for a BSc. During this time he won various prizes for his work in Embryology, Practical Pharmacy and Anatomy.

After completing his BSc, Turnbull remained at the University of Glasgow to embark on a MBChB. A highly successful medical student, Turnbull won first class certificates in the Practice of Medicine, Midwifery and Diseases of the Ear. He particularly excelled in Clinical Surgery, receiving a medal in 1908 for his efforts, as well as a commendation certificate from the clinical registrar. In his final year, Turnbull received the Mackintosh Bursary.

After graduating in 1909, Turnbull became a doctor and resided in Glasgow. He later served in the First World War as part of the Royal Army Medical Corps. His Roll of Honour entry can be viewed here.


Arthur Turnbull
Born 20 July 1884.
Died 24 December 1962.
University Link: Graduate
GU Degrees: MA, 1904; BSc, 1907; MBChB, 1909;
Occupation categories: doctor
Additional Information: R3/1/1 (vol 2). His grandson wrote a biography of him which is held in the University Archives under ref ACCN 4171.
Record last updated: 27th Feb 2018

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