John Brownlee (1868-1927)
John Brownlee qualified in mathematics, natural philosophy and medicine at the University of Glasgow. He worked in Guernsey and Glasgow establishing a reputation as an expert in infectious diseases, and in the application
of statistics and mathematics to medicine. From 1914, Brownlee ran the Statistical Department of the Central Research Institute. This expanded during the War to deal with Army Medical Statistics, including creation of an enormous card index of casualties and sickness which later became indispensable to the Pensions Ministry. John Brownlee was a central figure in the development of epidemiology and of medical statistics.