Joseph Lister was a nineteenth century doctor and pioneer in antiseptics
When and Where was he Born?
5th April 1827, Upton, Essex, England.
Joseph Lister was the second son of a wine merchant, Joseph Jackson Lister who was instrumental in the development of the microscope.
Tottenham College. University College, London which was one of the few universities to take Quakers. He studied firstly Arts and then Medicine.
Chronology/Biography of Sir Joseph Lister:
1852: Lister became House Surgeon at Edinburgh Royal Infirmary.
1867: He proved his scientific methods, which he had been working on for some time and founded modern antiseptic surgery based originally on Louis Pasteur’s theories of bacteria and infection. He used carbolic acid as the antiseptic agent and heat sterilised instruments. He also developed absorbable ligatures drainage tubes, which have come into general surgical use.
1869: He became Professor of Clinical Surgery at Edinburgh University.
1870: Joseph Lister moved to Number Nine Charlotte Square, Edinburgh.
1877: Moved to work at Kings College, London.
1893: Retired from King’s College.
1895: Lister was elected President of the Royal Society of London (until 1900).
1900: He was elected to the peerage as First Baron Lister.
1856 to Agnes Syme.
When and Where did he Die?
12th October 1912, Walmer, Kent, England.
Age at Death:
Site of Grave:
Hampstead Cemetery, Fortune Green Road, London, England.
Places of Interest:
Former home and study at number 9 Charlotte Square.