Brother James Young Simpson
June 7th 1811 – May 6th 1870
Brother Simpson discovered the anesthetic properties of chloroform and successfully popularized the drug for use in medicine
Simpson completed his final medical examination at the age of 18 but, as he was so young, had to wait two years before he got his license to practice medicine. It was during this period that he became a Freemason, being initiated in a Lodge in his home town of Bathgate.