William Frederick Harvey

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Lieutenant-Colonel William Frederick Harvey CIE FRCPE FRSE (1873-11 September 1948) was a Scottish expert on public health, serving for many years improving conditions in India.

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Harvey, the son of Robert Harvey, attended Dollar Academy then studied medicine at the University of Edinburgh graduating MA in 1893 and MB in 1897.

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In 1905/6 he received a Diploma in Public Health. [1] He was a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh and a Licentiate of the Society of Apothecaries.

In 1907 he was posted to Sierra Leone to work on a cure for trypanosomiasis. From 1908 he was stationed in India with the Royal Army Medical Corps. As part of the Indian Medical Service he was based at Kasauli.

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In the First World War he was initially based in Bombay, on training duties, then served with the Sanitary Division of the ADMS in Mesopotamia and was Mentioned in Dispatches. He was the joint creator, with Robert J. Blackham, of the "Harvey-Blackham" pattern used on St John’s Ambulances in the Far East.

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Robert J. Blackham

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Returning again to India he served as Director of the Central Research Institute of India. He was awarded the Order of the Indian Empire in 1921. He retired from the Indian Medical Service in 1925 and returned to Scotland to live in Edinburgh. [2]

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In 1926 he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh. His proposers were Alexander Gray McKendrick, James Hartley Ashworth, Arthur Crichton Mitchell and David Waterston. He served as the Society’s Vice President from 1946 to 1948. [3]

He died in Edinburgh on 11 September 1948.


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He was married to Jean Sutherland in 1910.

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  1. British Medical Journal, 3 February 1906
  2. 1 2 "Wellcome Library Western Manuscripts and Archives catalogue". archives.wellcomelibrary.org. Retrieved 23 July 2018.
  3. Biographical Index of Former Fellows of the Royal Society of Edinburgh 1783–2002 (PDF). The Royal Society of Edinburgh. July 2006. ISBN   0 902 198 84 X.