Biography of Joseph Coats
Joseph Coats (1846-1899) was a graduate of the University who was a lecturer in Pathology from 1890 and was the first Professor of Pathology from 1894 until his death in 1899.
Born in Paisley, Coats was a grand-nephew of the founder of the Paisley firm of thread manufacturers J & P Coats. He graduated from the University MB (1867) and MD (1870). He worked as an assistant to William Tennant Gairdner and Joseph Lister at Glasgow Royal Infirmary before spending a year working in Leipzig. He was pathologist at the Infirmary from 1869 until his appointment as Pathologist at the city's Western Infirmary in 1875. In 1878, he was appointed editor of the Glasgow Medical Journal.