Biography of James Holmes Hutchison
James Holmes Hutchison
James Holmes Hutchison (1912-1987) was a graduate of the University and Samson Gemmell Professor of Child Health from 1961 to 1977. He was Dean of the Faculty of Medicine from 1970 to 1973.
James Hutchison graduated from the University MB ChB in 1934 and, after serving as a resident, worked at the Royal Hospital for Sick Children. His research there, into copper metabolism in the anaemias of infancy, was rewarded with an MD and the Bellahouston Medal in 1939.
During the Second World War, Hutchison served in the RAMC in France, North Africa, Italy and Austria, rising to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel and winning an OBE in 1945. He returned to the Royal Hospital for Sick Childeren as Leonard Gow Lecturer in the Medical Diseases of Infancy and Childhood, and understook bronchoscopic studies which contributed to the understanding of the pathogenesis of tuberculosis in childhood. He went on to investigate aspects of thyroid diseases with Professor Ernie McGirr.
Hutchison was President of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow from 1966 to 1968 and of the British Paediatric Association, 1969 to 1970. He was made a CBE in 1971 and left Glasgow in 1977 to become Professor of Paediatrics at the University of Hong Kong.