Major-General Sir Alexander Gordon Biggam OBE FRSE FRCPE FRCP (1889, Stranraer - 22 March 1963) was a Scottish physician and soldier who served as Director of Study of Edinburgh Post-Graduate Board for Medicine. Educated at George Watson's College, Edinburgh, and Edinburgh University (MB ChB, 1911; MD 1942) Biggam started his career as a House Physician and Surgeon at Edinburgh Royal Infirmary. In 1912 he enlisted in the Royal Army Medical Corps and saw active service in France during World War I, where he was wounded in 1915. He was awarded the OBE for services with the Waziristan Field Force (1919–21) on the North-West Frontier of India.
Biggam was director of the medical unit at Kasr-el-Aini Hospital in Cairo, and Professor of Clinical Medicine at the Egyptian University (1926–33). He served as examiner in medicine for the Kitchener School of Medicine in Khartoum and the American University of Beirut. He was appointed an honorary physician to King George VI in 1937.
Biggam served in India and Burma during World War II and was Consulting Physician to the Army during 1941-7.
After the war he returned to Scotland, taking up the post of Senior Lecturer in Tropical Medicine at Edinburgh University in 1947. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh in 1950, upon the proposal of Douglas Guthrie, John Gaddum, Sir Alexander Gray and Angus Sinclair.
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- "Obituary". Glasgow. 25 March 1963. http://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=2507&dat=19630325&id=mWxAAAAAIBAJ&sjid=j6MMAAAAIBAJ&pg=1377,3498341. Retrieved 31 December 2012.
- Waterston, Charles D; Macmillan Shearer, A (July 2006). Former Fellows of the Royal Society of Edinburgh 1783-2002: Biographical Index. I. Edinburgh: The Royal Society of Edinburgh. ISBN 9780902198845. http://www.rse.org.uk/cms/files/fellows/biographical_index/fells_indexp1.pdf. Retrieved 31 December 2012.
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