Sir George Buchanan, C.B.


    THE death, on October 11, of Sir George Buchanan, a devoted public servant in public health, will be regretted by a wide circle of friends. George Seaton Buchanan was born on February 19, 1869. He was the eldest son of the late Sir George Buchanan, F.R.S., who was principal medical officer to the Local Government Board from 1880 until 1892. The younger Buchanan graduated at the University of London with the degrees M.B. (gold medallist), 1891; M.D., 1892; M.D. (State medicine), 1893; and B.Sc.; and became later a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians. In 1895, at the age of twenty-six years, he was appointed to a post of medical inspector in his father's old Department, then under the leadership of Sir Richard Thorne-Thorne. After serving for nearly forty years in this Department and the Ministry of Health, which was created from it, he retired at the age limit of sixty-five years in 1934, but continued to hold the office of president of the Permanent Committee of the Office International d'Hygiene publique in Paris (which carries with it the vice-presidency of the Health Committee of the League of Nations in Geneva) to which he had been elected in 1932. His soul was devoted almost exclusively to the public service, and he thus, after leaving the British Government service, was able to continue public health work of international importance.

    Rights and permissions

    Reprints and Permissions

    About this article

    Cite this article

    Sir George Buchanan, C.B.. Nature 138, 832 (1936).

    Download citation


    By submitting a comment you agree to abide by our Terms and Community Guidelines. If you find something abusive or that does not comply with our terms or guidelines please flag it as inappropriate.