Sir William Ferguson Anderson

Biography of Sir William Ferguson Anderson

Sir William Ferguson Anderson
Sir William Ferguson Anderson

Sir William Ferguson Anderson (1914-2001), popularly known as "Fergie", was a University graduate who became the world's first Professor of Geriatric Medicine when he was appointed to the David Cargill Chair in 1965.

Anderson graduated MB, ChB with honours in 1936 and MD with honours in 1942, when he was awarded a Bellahouston Gold Medal. He served as a Medical Registrar in the University's Medical Clinic from 1939 until 1941 and then as a Major in the Army. After the war, he was Senior Lecturer in the Department of Materia Medica and Therapeutics until 1949, when he went to Cardiff Royal Infirmary as Senior University Lecturer in the Medical Unit and Honorary Consulting Physician there.

In 1952, Anderson returned to Glasgow as Physician in Geriatric Medicine at Stobhill General Hospital and Adviser in Diseases of Old Age and Chronic Sickness to the Western Regional Hospital Board. After his appointment to the Cargill Chair he continued to publish books and articles on geriatric medicine and the preventive aspects of geriatrics.

Among the many offices he held in public and professional bodies, Anderson was President of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow (1974-1976), the British Geriatric Society (1975-1978) and the British Medical Association (1977-1978), and he was an adviser to the World Health Organization on the medical care of older people. He was awarded an OBE in 1961 and he was knighted in 1974.


Sir William Ferguson Anderson

Born 8 April 1914.
Died 28 June 2001.
University Link: Alumnus, Lecturer, Professor
GU Degrees: MB, 1936; MD, 1942;
Occupation categories: physicians
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Record last updated: 11th Aug 2008

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