Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

May 22, 1859 - July 7, 1930

Arthur Charles Ignatius Conan Doyle was born on May 22, 1859 in Edinburgh. Best known for his writing of fifty-six short stories and three novels with Sherlock Holmes as the principal character, Dr. Doyle practiced medicine until 1891. He was knighted on August 9, 1902 for his work with Langman’s Field Hospital in South Africa. A prolific writer and an early proponent of a tunnel connecting England and France, he was also responsible for introducing downhill skiing into Switzerland, metal helmets for combat soldiers and the inflatable life-preserver for sailors. He makes a number of Masonic references in his writings, none of them key to his story development.

Initiated: January 26, 1887
Passed: February 23, 1887
Raised: March 23, 1887
Demitted: 1889
Rejoined: 1902
Demitted: 1911
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