Lives of the fellows

Duncan Burgess

b.21 August 1850 d.17 January 1917
MA Aberd(1868) MA MB Cantab(1882) FRCP(1905)

Duncan Burgess, the son of Gregor Burgess, was born at Dreggie, Grantown-on-Spey, and made his first academic studies at Aberdeen University, where he received the degree of M.A. in 1868. Matriculating at Cambridge in 1872 as a scholar of Corpus Christi, he graduated as thirteenth wrangler three years later and was made a fellow of his College. He graduated as M.B. in 1882 after studying at the London Hospital and completed his training with visits to Prague, Würzburg and Vienna. After holding resident posts at the Royal Hospital for Diseases of the Chest and the South-East Fever Hospital, London, he settled in Sheffield. There his principal appointment was on the staff of the Royal Hospital, which he served actively until reaching the retiring age in 1915. He was also professor of medicine at Sheffield University. In 1890 he was deputed by the local Medico-Chirurgical Society to visit Germany with a colleague and report on Koch’s tuberculin treatment. On the outbreak of war in 1914 he was given charge of the medical section of the 3rd Northern General Hospital with the rank of lieutenant-colonel. Burgess, although constrained by his native reserve, was universally popular in Sheffield. Of strong physique, he found his chief recreation in playing golf. He died unmarried at Sheffield.

G H Brown

[Lancet, 1917; B.M.J., 1917; Al.Cantab., i, 451]

(Volume IV, page 464)

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