|Administrative History||Alexander Low was born in Old Machar, Aberdeen, on 7 April 1868. He graduated from the University of Aberdeen MA 1891, M.B., C.M. 1894, MD (highest honours), 1912, and received an honorary LL.D. in 1939. He began working for the University in 1894 as assistant and lecturer in the Department of Anatomy, rising to the post of Regius Professor of Anatomy, 1925 - 1939. |
His early work on the development of the lower jaw earned him an international reputation, which was strengthened by on-going anthropological research, in particular his detailed and meticulous work on human growth. In his anthropological work, he pioneered the concept of 'longitudinal' research, in which the same subjects are studied over a period of time, and laid the foundations for the highly regarded Aberdeen Growth Study of 1956.
An active member of the medical community, Low served as president of the Anatomical Society of Great Britain and Ireland, president of the Aberdeen Medico-Chirurgical Society, director of Aberdeen Royal Infirmary, and Governor of the Royal Mental Hospital, Aberdeen. He was also a University member on the Board of the Rowett Institute for Research in Animal Nutrition, and dean of the Medical Faculty, University of Aberdeen. His particular interest in archaeological skeletal remains contributed towards strengthening the scope and quality of such collections held in the University's Anthropological Museum (now Marischal Museum). He died in Aberdeen on 15 Nov 1950.
For an appreciation of his life and work see 'Aberdeen University Review' , 34 (1951-1952), 7-10.
|Custodial History||Deposited in the University in 1968, ?by the Department of Anthropology|
|Description||Research papers, including original data for the Aberdeen Growth Study, c 1900 - c 1950; archaeological field reports, principally relating to excavation and measurement of human skelatal remains, 1920s - 1930s; offprints of publications in antiquarian, medical and veterinary science journals, c 1899 - c 1956; printed and photographic material commemorating the University of Aberdeen's Quatercentenary celebrations, 1906.|
|Publication Note||Alexander Low, 'Growth of Children: sixty-six boys and sixty girls each measured at three days, and at one, two, three, four, and five years of age' (Aberdeen: University of Aberdeen, 1952);|
J.M. Tanner and others, 'Aberdeen Growth Study: I' , in 'Archives of Disease in Childhood' , 3, 159 (1956).