Graduation 2017/1917: Brilliant BScs

Today students from the College of Science and Engineering, the College of Social Sciences and the College of Arts will be receiving their degrees and moving on to the next stage in their life. To celebrate, we looked at two BSc graduates from 100 years ago who used their scientific knowledge to later qualify as doctors and achieve multiple degrees. Will any of today’s MA and BSc graduates undertake further study?

Katherine Octavia Robertson


Katherine Octavia Robertson’s Matriculation Slip R8/5/36/8

Katherine Octavia Robertson graduated from the University BSc in 1917, MBChB in 1919 and MD in 1924. She was born on the 21 April 1892 in Glasgow. Her father Robert Andrew worked as an engineer. In 1913 she enrolled at the University to undertake a Science degree aged 21. She took classes in subjects such as Chemical Physiology, Anatomy and Organic Chemistry. Robertson was awarded prizes in Zoology and Practical Pharmacy during her time here.Upon completing her first degree Robertson went on to study for a medical degree at the University, which she completed in 1919.After qualifying Robertson was appointment resident assistant surgeon to the Royal Hospital for Sick Children, Glasgow, and subsequently obtained an obstetric appointment at the Royal Free Hospital, London. In 1924 she completed her MD at the University/

After working in London, Robertson later moved to the market town of Limavady, County Londonderry, to practice as a medical officer at the Union and District Hospital. Her life was tragically cut short on the 12 November 1935 when she was fatally injured whilst riding her horse.

Margaret Hogg Grant



Margaret Hogg Grant’s Matriculation Slip, R8/5/36

Margaret Hogg Grant was born on 1 October 1894 in Glasgow. Her father, George, worked as a journalist. She first matriculated at the University aged 19 to study for a Science degree, taking subjects such as Natural Philosophy and Zoology.

Hogg was a highly successful student and particularly excelled in Zoology, winning three separate prizes for her work during her second year of study. Additionally, she won a certificate in Physical Laboratory during her first year. After graduating BSc in 1917, Hogg continued with her studies and undertook a medical degree at the University, graduating in MBChB in 1919. She went on to practise as a doctor in Glasgow. In 1924 she received an MD from the University for her thesis entitled ‘Pneumonias in Glasgow, with special reference to their Pneumococcal types and associated organisms’.

She married Robert James Peters on 4 June 1927 in London.


Don’t forget to check out the 1917 graduates on the University Story website, and stay tuned for further posts throughout the week!

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