People of the Society
On the walls of buildings throughout Aberdeen are plaques commemorating people who in a variety of ways have contributed to the public good. Twelve commemorate doctors who remind us of Aberdeen's contribution to medicine over the centuries.
Also worth remembering are the many Aberdeen doctors whose achievements are not commemorated by a plaque:
James Cumyne in 1497 became the first Professor of Medicine in the English speaking world.
An Aberdeen surgeon who discovered the bacteria Staphylococcus, a cause of many infections.
A military surgeon who introduced the concept of civilian first aid.
With Patrick Manson founded the speciality of tropical medicine.
Medical Officer of Health who brought clinical services, teaching and research together on the Foresterhill site.
An Aberdeen anaesthetist who "invented" Entonox, the gas and air mixture that has safely eased the pain of childbirth for millions.
Professor of Medical Physics who invented the MRI scanner.
In 2020, the University of Aberdeen highlighted the achievements of 525 of their most outstanding alumni from throughout their history.