Sir James Young Simpson 1811 - 1870

British; Scottish
born in:
Bathgate, West Lothian, Scotland, United Kingdom

Graduated from the University of Edinburgh in 1832. He was immediately appointed professor of midwifery and physician to Queen Victoria. In 1847 he used chloroform during childbirth for the first time, against religious and medical opposition. Chloform was eventually welcomed as a non-irritating alternature to ether. It was more widely accepted after Queen Victoria took chloroform to aid her in the delivery of Prince Leopold in 1853.