Sir Bertram C. A. Windle


Scientist, apologist. Son of a parson of the Established Church, he became a Catholic, 1883. Educated at Trinity College, Dublin, he was co-founder and subsequently dean of medicine of Birmingham University. Made president of Queen’s College, Cork, 1904, he achieved his idea of a national university with Dublin, Cork, and Galway as constituents. In 1909 Pius X made him a Knight of Saint Gregory; he was knighted by King George, 1912, for his services to education; and Pius XI added Ph.D. to his numerous honorary degrees. He was university medical examiner at Glasgow, Trinity, and Cambridge, and a Fellow of the Royal Society. Besides his original work in anatomy, archaeology, and teratology (a branch of biology treating of abnormal growths, on which he was Britain’s greatest authority), he wrote much on ethnology, anthropology, and spiritism. In America he is best known as an apologist, for, from his arrival, 1919, at Saint Michael’s College, Toronto University, he labored as professor and as president of the Catholic Truth Society of Canada, to reconcile in the public mind scientific progress with the Church’s teaching. He was a constant contributor to the best American Catholic periodicals and the author of 22 published volumes.



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