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Lister, Sir Joseph, 1827-1912 (1st Baron Lister | British surgeon and a pioneer of antiseptic surgery)


Biographical Note:

Sir Joseph Lister Bt. pioneered the applications of Louis Pasteur's advances in microbiology to sterile surgery, championing the use of carbolic acid as a steriliser of medical instruments and wounds. Joseph Lister spent eight years as the Regius Professorship of Surgery at Glasgow University. It was during this period (1865), when he was also a surgeon at the Royal Infirmary Glasgow, that he carried out his pioneering work in the field of antiseptics. He was President of the Royal Society (1895-1900), and served as Surgeon Extraordinary and Sergeant Surgeon to Queen Victoria. His wife, Agnes Lister (nee Syme) was a lifelong collaborator and assistant, and it was with her death that he retired from his research.

Found in 7 Collections and/or Records:

3 notes for speech and 2 broadcast talks by Edward Appleton, April 1957-June 1957

Identifier: Coll-37/D.53
Scope and Contents

The material consists of 'Science and Industry', a broadcast talk for schools on the Scottish Home Service, April 1957, 9 pages, typescript and manuscript; Speech at unveiling of Syme-Lister plaque, June 1957, 3 pages, typescript; and 'The International Geophysical Year', a talk broadcast on the B.B.C. Home Service, June 1957, 3 pages, typescript.

Dates: April 1957-June 1957

Correspondence of Sir Archibald Geikie A-M, late 19th century

Identifier: Coll-74/15
Scope and Contents

The Correspondence of Sir Archibald Geikie A-M series consists of:

  1. letters alphabetically arranged by sender, including those from Charles Robert Darwin, the Geological Society, Joseph Lister, Sir Charles Lyell and Sir Roderick Impey Murchison
  2. postcards
  3. obituaries
Dates: late 19th century

Letter from Joseph Lister to Miss Plunket, 1898

Identifier: Coll-1383/4/36
Scope and Contents

Short letter on card, sent from 12 Park Crescent, Portland Place. "Dear Miss Plunket, I enclose a cheque for £5 in way subscription to the King's College - Guild".

Dates: 1898

Letter Signed from Joseph Lister to S. L. Booth, 2 October 1875

 Item — Box CLX-A-1591
Identifier: Coll-1848/20-0041
Scope and Contents

Clerk written Letter Signed by Joseph Lister, sent to S. L. Booth telling him that the "address to which you refer will be published in due time in the British Medical Journal. Meantime I beg you to accept a copy of a paper written two years ago, which has reference to the same subject. I may add that the methods of procedure have been since much simplified ... ", 2 sides 8vo., 9 Charlotte Square Edinburgh headed paper, 2 October 1875.

Dates: 2 October 1875

Letter to Sir Charles Lyell from Dr [Joseph] Lister, 14 June 1854

Identifier: Coll-203/2/folio(s) 50-51
Scope and Contents Letter to Sir Charles Lyell from Dr (Joseph) Lister enclosing a memoranda which Lister thought might be of interest to Lyell. The memoranda contains information about schistose basalt, sienitic greenstone, a bog called the "Atuleiros", the Lagoon at the Serra, fossils at Canical, polished stone on the road to St. Anna, a sea-fountain or blower called "The Forja", a swarm of Locusts and Mr Smith states in his "Original Paper" that he has found a rolled mass of granite amongst limestone and an...
Dates: 14 June 1854

Three letters from Joseph Lister to his French translator, with annotated drawings of wound-dressings

 Fonds — Box CLX-A-389
Identifier: Coll-2057
Content Description

Autograph letters from the pioneer of anti-septic surgery Joseph Lister to his French translator Dr Gustave Burginon, with annotated diagrams explaining the application of bandages and the design of a splint. Dates: 14th December 1877, 11th November 1878, 25th November 1878.

Dates: 14 December 1877; 11 November 1878; 25 November 1878

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