1896 – Archibald Joseph Cronin was born in Cardross, Strathclyde, the only child of Jessie (Montgomerie) Cronin and Patrick Cronin. English novelist, an accomplished storyteller, who practised as a doctor over a decade before devoting himself entirely to writing.
1914-1919 – He entered the Glasgow University Medical School.
– During World War I Cronin served as a surgeon in the Royal Navy.
1924 – Appointed Medical Inspector of Mines, he started to investigate occupational diseases in the coal industry.
1925 – Cronin was awarded his M.D. by the University of Glasgow and subsequently he started to practise in Wales and in London.
1931 – Cronin gained his fame initially with Hatter’s Castle, the story of the megalomanic James Brodie, a Scottish hatmaker and his foolish dreams of social acceptance.
1935-1937 – He wrote the novels The Stars Look Down and The Citadel, which made Cronin famous in the United States, and inspired the director King Vidor’s film version of the book.
1939 – Cronin moved to the United States with his family.
1981 – He died of acute bronchitis on January 9th, in Montreux, Switzerland.