Regius Professor of Forensic Medicine (Glasgow)
The Regius Professor of Forensic Medicine is a Regius Professorship at the University of Glasgow founded in 1839 by Queen Victoria under the title Regius Professor of Medical Jurisprudence and Forensic Medicine . The professorship is the second oldest professorship in forensic medicine in Great Britain. Only the Regius Professorship of Forensic Medicine at the University of Edinburgh, founded in 1807, is older .
With the foundation of the Regius Professorship, the Chair of Medical Jurisprudence and Forensic Medicine was established at the University of Glasgow. The subject had previously been taught as a minor in medical school. The first professor, Robert Cowan , was named Professor of Medical Jurisprudence and Forensic Medicine in the royal charter , but was listed as Professor of Medical Jurisprudence and Medical Police in practice and in the university registers . Lack of his own space he taught within the medical faculty and from 1864 forensic medicine was also part of the training of lawyers. Subjects were taught in which medicine andJurisprudence played a role as well as public health .
The second professor, Harry Rainy , also stuck to these topics, only the new Gilbert Scott building was now the home of the institute, with a lecture hall for operations and three other rooms. In 1907 the institute moved into a specially furnished building. The older John Glaister , Regius Professor from 1898, still taught public health until 1922. This subject was later offered as a stand-alone course.
Glaister became a hugely influential figure in the Scottish legal system after appearing as a consultant for the Crown on several legal cases. His son, John Glaister (the younger) , had studied in Glasgow and returned in 1931 after work in the military and very successful private practice as a Regius Professor and succeeded his father in office. The two made the professorship one of the leading institutes of forensic medicine in the United Kingdom and their influence continues through the standard work Medical Jurisprudence and Toxicology they wrote , which was published in thirteen editions from 1902 to 1979. In the 60 years or so that father and son held the professorship, they introduced entomology and the investigation of maggots into forensics. Under her leadership, her institute was also a leader in ballistic work on the reconstruction of bullet wounds that they carried out on the amputated limbs of road deaths. Not least because of the long time that both Glaisters spent in the Regius Professorship, they influenced generations of students, some of whom became founders of forensic institutes worldwide.
In 1979 the department was renamed Forensic Medicine and Science , under which it has been called ever since. In 1987 the department moved to its current address in the Joseph Black building. The department is the second oldest in the field in the UK. The Institute's forensic pathology department carries out up to 2500 autopsies for the Glasgow and neighboring districts authorities.
|Robert Cowan||MD||1839||1841||Cowan had studied in Glasgow and earned his MD in 1834. He published some writings on the topic of the professorship, but taught little because of his poor health. Cowan's son, John Black Cowan , was appointed Regius Professor of Materia Medica in 1865 .|
|Harry Rainy||MD, LL.D.||1841||1872||Rainy was the first to come up with a formula for determining the time of death. However, the requirements for Rainy's formula were so unrealistic that it was not pursued any further.|
|Pierce Adolphus Simpson||MA, MD||1872||1898|
|John Glaister, senior||MD, DPH, LL.D., FRFPSG||1898||1931|
|John Glaister, Junior||MD, JP, D.Sc., FRSE, FRFPS (Glasgow) of the Inner Temple, Barrister-at-law;||1931||Sep 30 1962||His predecessor's son had taught for several years as his father's assistant. Together they shaped forensics in Glasgow for over 60 years. Medical Jurisprudence and Toxicology , first published by his father and substantially expanded by him , became the standard work in forensics.|
|Gilbert Forbes||Esq., MD, B.Sc., FRFPS, FRCS||1964||1974|
|William Arthur Harland||MD, Ph.D.||1974||1985|
|Alan Albert Watson||MA, MB, B.Sc.||1986||1992|
|Peter Savvas Vanezis||MB, Ch.B., DMJ (Path.), FRCPath., MD, Ph.D., FRCP (Glasgow), FFFLM, OBE||Oct 1993||2003||In Nicosia ( Cyprus -born) Vanezis was at the University of Bristol trained. He took over the professorship after a successful practical career as a pathologist with over 2000 autopsies of suspicious deaths, of which around 1500 were unmasked as homicides.|
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