James Alexander Cowie New Zealand

Biography of James Alexander Cowie

James Alexander Cowie graduated MBChB from the University in 1904 and MD in 1913.

He was born in Winton, Southland, New Zealand, son of Andrew, a farmer. Cowie obtained a BA and BSc from Otago University before coming to Glasgow to study Medicine in 1901. He obtained his MRCS LRCP on 19 July 1904, and returned to New Zealand, where he went in to general practice in Masterton from 1906. In 1908, he married fellow doctor and Glasgow graduate, Helen Stephen Baird at Invercargill, Southland.

He graduated MD in 1913 for his thesis The effect of civilization on the Maori race, with special reference to health and disease.

Cowie served as medical officer at the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital. During WWI, he returned to the UK with his wife to serve in Royal Army Medical Corps.


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  • University of Glasgow Archives Overseas Database


James Alexander Cowie
Born 19 July 1874.
Died 11 June 1941.
GU Degrees: MBChB, 1904; Medical, Veterinary and Life Sciences, MD, 1913;
University Link: Alumnus, Graduate
Occupation categories: physicians
Additional Information: R3/1/1 (vol 2)
English snippet: Medical graduate of the University of Glasgow in 1904
Record last updated: 22nd Jul 2014

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New Zealand New Zealand, Winton
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New Zealand New Zealand, Masterton
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