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Sept 16, 1968


JAMA. 1968;205(12):871-872. doi:10.1001/jama.1968.03140380075021

Samuel Alexander Kinnier Wilson was born at Cedarville, NJ, the only son of the Rev. James Kinnier Wilson of County Monaghan, Ireland.1 At an early age, young Wilson, along with the family, returned to Great Britain where he was educated at the University of Edinburgh, receiving the MA in 1897, MD in 1902, and the BSc in physiology with first class honors in 1903. After serving as house physician for one year at the Edinburgh Royal Infirmary, he studied in Paris for a similar period on a Carnegie fellowship, attending the clinics of Pierre Marie at the Bicêtre and Babinski at Pitié. After a brief visit to Leipzig, Wilson became resident medical officer at the National Hospital, Queen Square, London. There he began an association with the institution for the study and treatment of disorders of the nervous system which continued for 33 years. In addition to his duties