Escutcheons of Science
 Coat-of-arms of Joseph Lister

Coat-of-arms of Joseph Lister (1827-1912)
Baron Joseph Lister of Lyme Regis

The above depiction of the coat-of-arms of Joseph Lister is due to Stephen Plowman.
[ © 2004 Stephen Plowman.  This copyrighted image is reproduced here by permission. ]

 Joseph Lister  Joseph Lister

Ermine, on a fess invected Sable three mullets of six points Argent,
in chief a staff of Aesculapius erect Proper.

Crest :  A stag's head erased Proper, in front thereof three estoiles fesswise Argent.
Motto Malo mori quam foedari.   [I'd rather die than be disgraced.]
Baronet in 1883.   Baron in 1897.

 Reproduced from
  ''New Extinct Peerage 1884-1971'' 
 by Leslie G. Pine (GPC, Baltimore 1973)


 HAND holding staff 
 is an artistic license [?]
(*)  The correct charge is a staff of Aesculapius (single serpent, symbol of medicine) not a caduceus (two serpents, symbol of commerce).  The above references were kindly provided by Stephen Plowman.

Joseph Lister, 1st Baron Lister, Bt., OM, FRS, PC  made his mark as a surgeon and a pioneer of antiseptic surgery.  He was born on 5 April 1827 in Essex, to an n affluent Quaker family.  His father, Joseph Jackson Lister, FRS  (1786-1869)  is remembered for perfecting the optical microscope by designing achromat object lenses combining crown and flint glass elements  (Lister Sr. did this while engaged full-time as a wine merchant).

 Joseph Lister 
 (1827-1912) Joseph Lister (1827-1912)  applied the ideas of Louis Pasteur (1822-1895)  by introducing  antiseptic surgery  while working at the Glasgow Royal Infirmary.  Lister promoted the use of  carbolic acid  (phenol)  to sterilize instruments and clean wounds.  This reduced post-operative infections and made surgery safer.  Joseph Lister was made a Baronet in 1883 and became a Baron in 1897.  He passed away on 10 February 1912.      Humphry Davy  Lord Kelvin  Joseph Lister
visits since July 24, 2004 Valid HTML
 (c) Copyright 2000-2015, Gerard P. Michon, Ph.D.