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Biography of Enid Aimee Robertson

Enid A Robertson, MBChB 1921
Enid A Robertson, MBChB 1921

Enid Aimée Robertson graduated MBChB from the University in 1921, and was posted to various countries throughout her medical career.

Robertson enrolled at the University in 1917, taking a variety of subjects over four years of study, including Practice of Medicine, Anatomy, Surgery and Clinical Surgery. In 1920 she received a Second-Class Certificate in Medical Jurisprudence and Public Health, awarded by Professor John Glaister. Then, in 1921, she was awarded a First-Class Certificate in Surgery.

Robertson went on to serve in the Malaga Medical Service as noted by Queen Margaret College, and served with the Church of Scotland Missionary Society at Kalimpong,India. She was later appointed to positions throughout Malaya, modern day Malaysia. In 1935, while fulfilling a medical post in the Straits Settlement, in Singapore, she developed a keen interest in aviation and became one of the first female aviators in Malaya who also owned a plane. In 1935, Robertson and a fellow Glaswegian doctor, Elizabeth Cook, also a qualified pilot, were noted in The Straits Times to be planning a 7000 mile from Renfrew, Glasgow to Singapore which was thought to take several weeks.

Robertson contracted typhus fever in 1936, which she had been researching, and was forced to return to the UK. There she married Arthur Kestenberg, an economist, through their meeting at the Mechanised Transport Corps during the war. They lived in London, where Enid died on 14 December 1945, aged 46.


Other Online Resources

Archival Materials

  • DC/233/2/9/8/2a Medicine Final Year Dinner 1916-1921
  • MED5/2/12 Medicine Graduate Schedule
  • R7/3/8 Glasgow University Class Prize Index 1920-1924
  • SEN10/63 University Calendar


Enid Aimee Robertson
Born 7 October 1899.
Died 14 December 1945.
GU Degree: MBChB, 1921; Medical, Veterinary and Life Sciences,
University Link: Alumnus, Graduate
Occupation categories: physicians
English snippet: Medical graduate of the University of Glasgow
Record last updated: 12th Aug 2013

Country Associations

Scotland Scotland, Kilmarnock
Place of Birth

England England, Surrey
Place of Death

Singapore Singapore, No Region

Spain Spain, Andalusia, Malaga

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