Alexander Wood

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Alexander Wood was born in Cupar, Scotland back in 1817 to James and Mary. He was educated at Edinburgh Academy and at the University of Edinburgh. He received his MD in 1839. It wasn’t until 1853, that he invented something that will forever place him in the history books, more on that in a moment.

In 1858, he was elected President of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh. He died in 1884.

What you may not know about Alexander Wood is that he was stung by a bee (date unknown). He pulled the stinger out and examined it. From that one bee sting he invented the first hypodermic needle that used a true syringe and hollow needle. Not bad from a simple bee sting don’t you think?   He died in 1884, at 67.

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Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team

Good morning, James Dray and that hypodermic needle is worse than any quick bee sting....

Nov 16, 2018 03:29 AM #1
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

thank heavens he didn't die from that bee sting!  LOL - what an amazing invention - have a great day

Nov 16, 2018 04:07 AM #3
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

I don't like needles at all, but I guess they have proven to be beneficial over the years, haha.

Nov 16, 2018 04:11 AM #4
Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good morning James,

Sometimes a necessary evil and saved many a life.

Make yourself an astonishing day.

Nov 16, 2018 04:42 AM #5
Donald Urschalitz
Lubeck Realty Group - Jupiter, FL
P.A. Realtor ABR RSPS North Palm Beach County

That was such a great accomplishment and good thinking.

Nov 16, 2018 05:14 AM #6
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning James. Sometimes the simple things trigger great thoughts. Enjoy your day!

Nov 16, 2018 05:38 AM #7
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good morning James - it is something that simple that is used by the medical profession many times a day.

Nov 16, 2018 06:05 AM #8
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning James. This is a really interesting find and one incredible guy.

Nov 16, 2018 06:14 AM #9
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


What a fascinating story.  Lie we always say, there is no scarcity of inspiration. Have a great weekend. A

Nov 16, 2018 07:48 AM #10
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

I am so glad he didn't die of the bee sting and a quite remarkable leap of an invention idea. I hate needles though.

Nov 16, 2018 07:59 AM #11
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

HI James Dray - It is amazing how people come up with inventions that we still use today. Someone had to think of everything we use today.  

Nov 16, 2018 01:11 PM #12
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi James- now that was amazing!!!!!  Thank goodness for curiosity. 

Nov 16, 2018 04:21 PM #13
Jane Chaulklin-Schott
TEAMCONNECT REALTY - (407) 394-9766 - Orlando, FL
TeamConnect Luxury Homes - Orlando, Florida, 32836

Another amazing story, James Dray , from your list of  inventors.  We are so fortunate to have people on Planet Earth who have beautiful inventive minds.

Nov 19, 2018 03:30 PM #14
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