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John Ronald Currie
John Ronald Currie

John Ronald Currie (d 1949) was a graduate who became the University's first Henry Mechan Professor of Public Health in 1923. He was Clerk of Senate from 1930 until his retirement in 1940, and Senate Assessor from 1935 to 1939. In 1940 he was awarded an LLD.

Born in Ayr, Currie graduated with Arts degrees from the Universities of Oxford and Edinburgh before coming to the University to study Medicine. He graduated MB, ChB with commendation in 1910.

Currie was a house surgeon and physician at the Glasgow Royal Infirmary; an assistant physician at the Belvidere Fever Hospital and Physician at the Glasgow Smallpox Hospital before he was appointed Medical Officer of Health for Chester and then the County of Fife. During the First World War he served with the Royal Army Medical Corps and returned to Scotland as Medical Officer to the Scottish Board of Health. In 1922 went to Canada as Professor of Preventive Medicine at Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario, and was appointed to the Henry Mechan Chair the following year.

Among Currie's most influential publications were The Text-Book of Hygiene (1930) and Manual of Public Health (1936-1938).


John Ronald Currie

Died 13 April 1949.
GU Degrees: MB ChB, 1910; LLD, 1940;
University Link: Alumnus, Clerk of Senate, Professor
Occupation categories: physicians
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Record last updated: 5th Mar 2013

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