Sir Ivan Whiteside Magill KCVO, DSc, MB, BCh, BAO, FRCS, FFARCS (Hon), FFARCSI (Hon), DA, (1888-1986).
Ivan Whiteside Magill was born on 23rd July 1888 at 4 Barnhill Terrace (now 10 Curran Road), Larne, Co. Antrim, Northern Ireland. He was one of five children, his father Samuel Magill was a prominent businessman, councillor, Presbyterian and Freemason of Larne and his mother was Sara.
He was educated at Larne Grammar School from 1900 to 1906 and he graduated from Queen's University, Belfast in 1913.269
I thought I would put in full the titles awarded to Sir Ivan Whiteside Magill, he is my hero, simply because when I was doing my vive exams has an OTT in the British Army. I was asked one question by a senior consultant anaesthetist, “how old is Magill” to which I answered. "I don’t really know; I presume he must be dead." The anaesthetist then looked at me in horror and said to me."Dead, Dead I hope not. I’m attending his 90th birthday party next week," to which I replied. "You must be honoured sir, to be invited to a birthday party of such a famous inventive anaesthetist."
The anaesthetist concerned who was Brigadier Saunders, smirked and then gave a wry smile, as he must at that point considered what I said. The one word honoured must have struck a note on his ego. He then spent the rest of my viva session not questioning me, but detailing the life of Sir Ivan Magill.
Originally they were cut from a rubber hose; Magill developed his own metal adapters. Sir Ivan was knighted in 1960 by the Queen for his contribution to advancement of medical science he died in his 99th year in 1986. 207
“Ten minutes of genuine belly laughter had an anesthetic effect and would give me at least two hours of pain-free sleep”270