Celebrating the bicentenary
of the birth of Dr David Livingstone

19 March 2013 marks the 200th anniversary of the birth of David Livingstone. This explorer, writer, missionary, medic and anti-slavery campaigner rose from humble beginnings in a Lanarkshire tenement to become celebrated as “Africa’s first freedom fighter.” Join us in rediscovering a man whose life and legacy has spanned continents.


The Scientific Life of Dr Livingstone

David Livingstone was born into poverty at Blantyre, near Glasgow, in 1813. Largely self ‎taught as a boy, Scotland’s enlightened higher education system allowed him to secure a ‎medical training at Anderson’s College in Glasgow in 1836.  In 1841 he left for Africa and ‎spent the next 32 years opening up the “Dark Continent”.

In this lecture Professor Barrett will outline key scientific and geographical discoveries made by Livingstone and in ‎particular discuss the impact of tropical diseases on his travels in Africa.

Speaker: Professor Michael Barrett, Professor of Biochemical Parasitology (Infection Immunity and Inflammation Life Sciences) University of Glasgow

Where & when


The Royal Society of Edinburgh, 22-26 George Street, Edinburgh, EH2 2PQ, Scotland

Date & time

Tue, 19 Mar 2013


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