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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 4 Collections and/or Records:

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

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".

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...

Papers and correspondence of Daniel John Cunningham

Identifier: Coll-11
Scope and Contents There is a substantial sequence of notebooks and working papers containing detailed notes of experiments and dissections together with drawings and drafts for lectures, and a separate sequence of manuscripts for lectures and addresses. There are many autograph letters from eminent anatomists and medical men, including ten letters from Joseph Lister. An item of particular interest is an album of 96 photographs from Cunningham's service on the South African War Royal Commission. The subjects...