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Name: PIRIE, James Hunter Harvey (Dr.)

Birth Date: 10 Dec 1878 Glasgow

Death Date: 27 Sep 1965 Johannesburg

First Date: 1913

Profession: Pathologist

Married: In Edmonton 1910 Agnes Mabel Kerr b. 1888 Hadley, Middlesex

Children: Derek Harvey; Peggy (1910 Nairobi-28 Nov 1914 Nairobi); another

Book Reference: Gazette

War Service: East African units

School: Glasgow Univ, Edin Univ

General Information:

Gazette - 26/8/1914 - Appt. - To be Pathologist and Assistant Bacteriologist, Dr. J.H.H. Pirie, to date April 1st 1914
Gazette - 23/9/1914 - Appt. - To be Captain, East Africa Medical Service - Dr. J.H.H. Pirie
Gazette - 16/1/1918 - Registered Medical Practitioner - James Hunter Harvey Pirie, MB, ChB, MD, Edin., MRCP, Edin.
Gazette 1/10/1913 - Arrived on 1st Appointment - Medical Officer - 3/9/1913
Web: In 1913 Pirie was appointed in the Colonial Medical Services and sent to Kenya as government pathologist and medical officer at the European Hospital in Mombasa. After the outbreak of World War I (1914-1918) he was commissioned as a major in the Royal Army Medical Corps Field Force and served with the Kenyan forces in the German East Africa Campaign. After the war, in August 1918, he was appointed as superintendent of the routine division of the South African Institute for Medical Research (SAIMR) in Johannesburg. From 1922 to 1926 he was also a part-time lecturer, later senior lecturer, in pathology at the recently established Medical School of the University of the Witwatersrand. Upon the retirement of Dr W. Watkins-Pitchford* as director of the Institute in 1926 Pirie became deputy director and in addition to his research also had administrative duties. In 1930 he undertook a four month tour to South and North America, the main objective of which was to attend the 98th meeting of the British Medical Association in Winnipeg, Canada. In September 1939 he was appointed acting director of the Institute (following the death of the director, Sir F.S. Lister*) and held this position until his retirement in June 1940.

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