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Professor Sutherland Simpson (1863-1908)

Sutherland Simson was born in Flotta on 3 February 1863 and attended the Heriot-Watt College in Edinburgh from 1882 until 1885.

He later attended the University of Edinburgh and received the degree of BS in 1894 and later the degrees of MB, ChB, and DSc.

He became an instructor at Edinburgh and in 1902 was working with Sir Edward Schafer on research into endocrine organs.

In 1908 he became professor and head of the Department of Physiology and Biochemistry at Cornell.

He wrote many research papers on the central nervous system, secretory glands, animal hair and other physiological topics.

He was a member of many different societies in America and Britain and was one of the organisers for the Research Club at Cornell.

In 1909 he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in London.

He was a very busy man and was President of the Cornell Chapter of Sigma Xi, and of the Western New York branch of the Society of Experimental Biology and Medicine, as well as being a member of the Tompkins Country Medical Society of Nu Sigma Nu.

While at Cornell, he was very active in research; and in his late years, he spent a lot of time studying the functions of the endocrine organs.

With this work he became recognised as an authority on the thyroid and parathyroid glands in the US and in Europe.

He died in the Cornell Infirmary on 2 March 1908 of heart failure.