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The Lord Lister
Photograph of Lister in 1902
|President of the Royal Society|
|Preceded by||The Lord Kelvin|
|Succeeded by||Sir William Huggins|
|Born||5 April 1827|
Upton House, West Ham, England
|Died||10 February 1912 (aged 84)|
Walmer, Kent, England
|Spouse(s)||Agnes Lister (nee Syme)|
He knew it was used to ease the stench from fields irrigated with sewage waste. He thought it was safe because fields treated with carbolic acid had no ill-effects on the livestock that grazed on them.
Lister's work led to a reduction in post-operative infections (infections after an operation). This made surgery safer for patients. So he became known as the "father of modern surgery".