CodeDS/UK/77
Person NameDavidson; Leybourne Stanley Patrick (1894-1981); Sir; Professor
Dates1894-1981
TitleSir; Professor
HistorySir Stanley Davidson (3 March 1894-22 September 1981), full name Leybourne Stanley Patrick Davidson, was born in Ceylon, son of Sir Leybourne Davidson of Huntly Lodge, Aberdeenshire, was educated at Cheltenham College, also graduating from Trinity College, Cambridge and Edinburgh University. He was commissioned into the Gordon Highlanders during the First World War.

He was one of the first full-time professors of medicine in the country, and was a former Regius Professor of Medicine at Aberdeen University from 1930 to 1938 and then Professor of Medicine at Edinburgh University from 1938 to 1959. He was appointed Physician to the Queen in Scotland in 1952 and Extra Physician to the Queen in 1961. His was knighted in 1955.

He became a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh in 1926, and was their president from 1953 to 1956. He had been president of the Association of Physicans of Great Britain and Ireland, a Fellow of the Royal College of Physcians of London and an honorary MD of Oslo University. He had honorary LID degrees from Edinburgh and Aberdeen Universities.

He made contributions in many fields, particularly in the everyday conditions anaemia, asthma and rheumatism, and his early post-graduate training was in bacteriology.

He married Isabel Margaret, eldest daughter of the Hon. Lord Anderson of Edinburgh, and she died in 1979. They had no children. Sir Stanley died at an Edinburgh nursing home.

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