Alan Watson

Biography of Alan Watson

Alan Albert Watson (1929-2001) was Regius Professor of Forensic Medicine from 1985 to 1992.

Watson qualified as a doctor in 1954 and held a number of junior posts in Englsih hospitals before going to Antwerp in 1957 to study for a Diploma in Tropical Medicine. He was Medical Officer and Director of the Baptist Missionary Society's hospital at Ntondo in the Belgian Congo (later Zaire) from 1958 until he was evacuated during the civil war in 1960. He worked as a pathologist in England before coming to Glasgow as a lecturer in Gynaecological Pathology in 1964.

In 1969, Watson was appointed Assistant pathologist at the University of Cambridge and was Assistant Director of Studies in Medicine at Queen's College. In 1971 he returned to Glasgow as Senior Lecturer in Forensic Medicine, a post he held until his appointment to the Regius Chair.

Watson was an authority on the study and diagnosis of intra-uterine disease. In 1965 he obtained the Diploma in Medical Jurisprudence and he wrote legal textbooks on forensic medicine and the law in relation to dental practice. He was a District Court Judge (from 1982) and a Justice of the Peace (1982-1993) in Glasgow, and later served as a JP in Kilmarnock and Loudoun District. The University awarded him an honorary BD in recognition of his lifelong involvement in the Baptist Church.


Alan Watson

Born 20 February 1929.
Died 17 November 2001.
University Link: Honorary Graduate, Professor
GU Degree: BD,
Occupation categories: pathologists
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Record last updated: 23rd Jul 2008

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