William Burden (1798 - 1879):
William Burden was born in India, but his parents died when he was twelve and he was sent home to Belfast to live with his aunts and to attend the Belfast Academy. He abandoned a business career in order to study medicine. He went to Glasgow, where he obtained his degree, and on returning to Belfast was elected a member of the Belfast Medical Society. For three years he was a medical practitioner in Newry. From 1838 to 1870 he was physician to the Belfast Maternity Hospital, and from 1840 to 1849 he lectured on midwifery to the Belfast Academical Institution, where in 1848 he was promoted to President of the Faculty of Medicine. He was the first professor elected to the Chair of Midwifery in Queen's College, in 1849. A portrait of him hangs in Queen's University.