William Willis

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Dr. William Willis

William Willis (1837–1894) was a British medical doctor and professor at the University of Tokyo.[1]

Early life[change | change source]

Willis was born in Ireland in 1837. He was awarded his medical degree at the University of Edinburgh in 1859.[2]

He was the younger brother of Dr. George Willis of Monmouth in Wales.[3]

Career[change | change source]

In 1861, Willis became the doctor of the British legation in Edo, Japan in 1861.[2]

In 1869, Willis was named professor and head of the medical school at the Tokyo Imperial University.[2]

In 1870, Willis became head of the hospital at Kagoshima. He founded the medical school at the University of Kagoshima.[2]

Willis returned to the United Kingdom in 1881. He practiced in Wales with his brother until 1885.

References[change | change source]

  1. "Obituary: William Willis, M.D.," The Lancet, 24 February 1894, cited by Hugh Cortazzi in "The Pestilently Active Minister, Dr. Willis's Comments on Sir Harry Parkes," Monumenta Nipponica, Vol. 39, No. 2 (Summer, 1984), pp. 147-161; retrieved 2012-3-5.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Murata, Fusayoshi. "Dr. William Willis and Dr. Kanehiro Takaki," Jikeikai Medical Journal, 2000:49, pp. 91-100; retrieved 2012-3-5.
  3. "Obituary: George Willis, M.D.,Glasg., L.R.C.S,Edin., L.S.A., J.P.," Lancet, September 24, 1898, p. 842.

Further reading[change | change source]

  • Cortzzi, Hugh, (1985). Dr. Willis in Japan, 1862-1877: British medical pioneer London: Athlone Press. ISBN 0-485-11264-7