Prof. William Shannon presented with the Dr Francis Rynd Innovation Award 2016 by Dr Emmet Kerin President of the NAGP
Francis Rynd AM, MRCS, MRIA (1801-1861) was an Irish physician, famous for inventing the hollow needle used in hypodermic syringes.
Dr Rynd was born in Dublin, Ireland, in 1801 to James Rynd and his third wife Hester Fleetwood, of Ryndville Castle, County Meath and Derryvolan, County Fermanagh, Ireland, respectively. Dr Rynd attended Trinity College, Dublin and worked at the Meath Hospital in Dublin. At the Meath Hospital, he trained under surgeon Sir Philip Crampton. Francis married Elizabeth Alley (the daughter of Alderman John Alley who served as Lord Mayor of Dublin) and had three sons and daughters.
Dr Rynd became a member of the Royal College of Surgeons in 1830. In 1836, he took a surgical post in the Meath Hospital working alongside William Stokes and Robert James Graves. Dr Rynd, who had a lucrative private practice, also served as medical superintendent of the Mountjoy Prison.
In a March 12th, 1845 article in the Dublin Medical Press he outlined how he injected fluids into a patient with a hypodermic syringe, which he had done on a female patient in May 1844.
Rynd died in Dublin in 1861 after suffering a heart attack. He was 60 years old.