German Sims Woodhead

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German Sims Woodhead

Sir German Sims Woodhead, KBE (29 April 1855 – 29 December 1921) was an English pathologist, born at Huddersfield.[1][2]


German Sims Woodhead was educated at Huddersfield College. In 1873 he moved to Edinburgh to commence his medical studies at the University of Edinburgh, graduating in 1878.[3] He was elected President of the Royal Medical Society, and after a period of study in Vienna, joined the study of pathology started by DJ Hamilton. He worked as Pathologist to the Royal Infirmary and to the Royal Hospital for Sick Children, through which he formed his outlook on the processes of disease and published Practical Pathology (1883). Woodhead was the first Superintendent of the Research Laboratory of the RCPE. In 1899 he was made professor of pathology in Cambridge University.[4] He was the first Editor of the Journal of Pathology.

Published Work[edit]

  • Practical Pathology (1883)
  • Pathological Mycology (1885), with A. W. Hare
  • Bacteria and Their Products (1891)
  • Report to the Royal Commission on Tuberculosis (1895)


  1. ^ Ritchie, J.; Boycott, A. E.; Dean, H. R. (1922). "German Sims Woodhead. K.B.E., M.D., LL.D. Born April 29th, 1855-Died December 29th, 1921". The Journal of Pathology and Bacteriology. 25: 118. doi:10.1002/path.1700250114. 
  2. ^ "Woodhead, German Sims (WDHT899GS)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge. 
  3. ^ Woodhead, Harriett (1923). Sir German Sims Woodhead, K.B.E. Edinburgh: Oliver and Boyd, Tweeddale Court. p. 2. 
  4. ^ "WOODHEAD, German Sims". Who's Who. Vol. 59. 1907. p. 1929. 

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