Samuel Wilson Hynd

Biography of Samuel Wilson Hynd

Dr Hynd at the sod cutting  for the new library at  SANU premises
Dr Hynd at the sod cutting for the new library at SANU premises

Samuel Wilson Hynd graduated MB ChB from the University in 1949. He was born in Glasgow, son of Dr David Hynd, who in 1925 became a medical missionary for the Church of Nazarene in Bremersdorp (modern day Manzini), Swaziland. Hynd was six months old when his parents took him to Mbabane where his father worked at the Leprosy Clinic at Mbuluzi.

He enrolled at the University of the Witwatersrand for a Bachelor of Science Degree. He enlisted for the army during WWII, but requested a transfer from the 25 Punder division to the first aid division. Both he and his sister, Margaret Jane Sharpe Hynd, returned to Glasgow for their University education.

Hynd returned to Swaziland to follow in his father's footsteps as a medical missionary. He became the first Minister of Health, during the Prince Makhosini premiership from 1968 to 1972.

In 1998, he was awarded a CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) for services to medical missionary work in Africa, and he has helped set up the International Church of the Nazarene HIV/AIDS clinic.

On 19th December 2014 Samuel Wilson Hynd was honoured by His Majesty King Mswati III of Swaziland at the sod cutting ceremony for a new library to be situated at Nazarene Mission Station. Samuel Hynd made a generous donation to the new library and the sod cutting ceremony was also a celebration of Dr Hynd's 90th birthday.


Samuel Wilson Hynd
Born 24 December 1924.
University Link: Alumnus, Graduate
GU Degree: MB ChB, 1949; Medical, Veterinary and Life Sciences,
Occupation categories: missionaries; physicians; surgeons
Record last updated: 16th Dec 2015

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