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Distinguished OFs

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WILLIAM STEPHENSON RICHMOND (1868-71) - qualified as a doctor and MRCS in 1885. Was the author of a number of articles in the British Medical Journal and was the inventor of a dilator. He was also a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and SOF President in 1913. When he died in 1919 he bequeathed £250 to the College for the foundation of the Richmond Prizes for Maths and Swimming.

SIR WILLIAM HALE-WHITE KBG MD FRCP (1870-74) – physician at Guys Hospital and notable Medical Biographer. Died 1949.

DR WHEELTON HIND TD (1875-77) – a qualified doctor, MRCS, MD in 1884 and FRCS Eng in 1888. He practiced in Stoke-on-Trent. However, lectures in geology while at the College, gave him a deep interest in geological study and he attained great eminence in that branch of science. He was a Fellow of the Royal Geological Society and won many awards. He died in 1920 and his geological collection was bought for the nation in 1923.

SIR WILLIAM BATE HARDY Kt MA FRS (1875-79) – he was a renowned biologist and physiologist. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1902 and went on to become Vice President in 1914/15 and Secretary from 1915-19. He was knighted in the New Years Honours of 1925. His most famous claim to fame is as the first person to suggest the word “Hormone”!

HORACE COOPER WRINCH (1879) – at 14 he travelled on his own to Quebec and qualified as a doctor and surgeon. He built the first hospital in the northern interior of Canada and over the next 36 years he became widely respected as doctor and surgeon, hospital administrator, medical missionary, Methodist minister, magistrate, farmer, community leader and progressive politician. He championed publicly funded state health insurance.

DR SYDNEY JOSEPH PALMER MBE (1875-80) - neurological specialist based in Liverpool. Police Surgeon and Medical Officer to Liverpool Prison. During WW1 he was medical officer in charge of one of the auxiliary medical hospitals in Liverpool. He was awarded MBE in 1920. He died in Torquay aged 85.

DR HAROLD ROBERT DACRE SPITTA MVO (1888-92) – qualified as a doctor in 1902 and then specialised in Bacteriology. Held many hospital posts as well as long association with the Royal Family - he was Bacteriologist to King Edward VII, Queen Alexandra, King George V and Princess Beatrice. He was awarded the Member of the Royal Victorian Order, presumably for serves to the Royal Family.

GEORGE PERCY MALE OBE (1897) - Member of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (MRCVS), member of the Council from 1919 and President in 1931-32. He was also a lecturer at University College, Reading and contributed regularly to “The Veterinary Record”. Also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine. Died in November 1956.

SIR (ALBERT) JAMES WALTON KCVO FRSC (1898-99) – he was surgeon to HM King George V and Queen Mary and then to HM King George VI. He was knighted with the KCVO in 1935. He was also a Vice-President of the Royal College of Surgeons, President of the Association of Surgeons of GB and Ireland (1944) and President of the Medical Society of London. He was also a member of medical societies in America and Paris.

SIR FREDERICK JEUNE WILLANS KCVO MRCS LRCP (1894-00) - from 1924 until 1945 he was Surgeon-Apothecary to HM Household at Sandringham and was knighted in 1933. During this time he was the first signatory to the bulletins announcing the illness of King George V and his death on 21 January 1936. He was also Surgeon-Apothecary to Queen Alexandra and was in attendance at the time of her death on 20 November 1925. He died in 1949.

CAPTAIN ROBERT WHYMPER MC (1898-1903) - After the College studied his City and Guilds and then became a research scholar for the Salters Company in 1907. He then appears to have specialised in the glorious research of chocolate (I guess someone has to!!) and wrote a number of books on the subject. During WW1 he served in the East Surry Regiment, attached to Royal Engineers, later Royal Army Services Corps. He was awarded a Military Cross on 4 June 1917.

JOSEPH STANLEY HOPWOOD CBE (1897-1904) - qualified as a doctor at St Thomas Hospital in 1909. Was a member of the British Medical Association and other bodies before spending most of his career as the Medical Superintendent at Broadmoor from 1938 to 1952. He was author of a number of papers.

PROFESSOR HERBERT JOHN GARNHAM HINES (1912-21) – he founded the biochemistry department at the University of Queensland, where he was elected Emeritus Professor in 1972. He died in 1975 and the biochemistry building at the University was re-named the John Hines Building in July 1978 to honour his work at the University.

BENJAMIN WILLIAM FICKLING CBE (G1924-27) – he has had a distinguished career in the dental world – Honorary Consultant Dental Surgeon since 1974, Dental Surgeon to Royal Dental Hospital 1935-74, to St George’s Hospital 1936-74 and to the Maxello-Facial Unit at Hill End Hospital 1941-53, when it became the Department of Jaw Surgery at Mount Vernon Hospital, Northwood, where he served until 1974. He was awarded the CBE in 1973. He was born on 14 July 1909 and when he died on 27 January 2007 at the age of 97 was 2nd oldest living OF.

PAUL GRIFFIN MBE (G35-40) – he had a distinguished teaching career and winner of numerous literary prizes. Was awarded the MBE in 1961.

MICHAEL LEON MULLENDER MBE (G42-50) – he was a physicist with the UK Atomic Energy Authority at Aldermaston and was awarded the MBE in 1983 for services to the Ministry of Defence and for voluntary work with young people, having been involved in scouting for over 60 years.  He died in 2016.

PROFESSOR GARETH LLOYD WILLIAMS (K46-54) - after leaving the College he did his National Service with the Royal Signals, and went on to read Economics at St John’s College, Cambridge. He became Professor of Medicine at the University of Bristol and had been actively associated with the Jenner Trust for many years.  His acclaimed book "Angel of Death" tells the story of Edward Jenner's part in the long battle to rid the world of smallpox, the most feared disease of all time. He did on 25 August 2021 aged 85.

PROFESSOR JOHN ILIFFE (G52-57) – he had a distinguished academic career and publish a number of books. He was appointed Professor of African History at St John's College, Cambridge in 1990.

PROFESSOR CHARLES EDWARD ROSSITER (S49-55) – from 1989 till 2015 he has been Emeritus Professor of Occupational Health at the University of London and Chairman of the Joint European Medical Research Board. In 1990 he obtained a Doctor of Science in Medicine at the University of London, followed by a Batchelor of Science from the Open University in 1996. He was author or co-author of some 120 research papers, primarily on occupational health and on pregnancy outcome in Nigeria. He died in 2017 in South Africa.

PROFESSOR NEVILLE MARSH (S53-61) - he qualified at Kings College London and the Royal London Hospital before going to Australia as Head of the Anatomy and Physiology Department in Brisbane. He then moved to Adelaide University where he became acting Vice Chancellor. His background is cardiovascular physiology and his research interest is bleeding disorders cause by snake bite! In his home town of Watford, he founded in the 1970s an amateur arts centre in a Victorian pumping station and the Pump House continues to thrive after over 40 years.

PROFESSOR ALLAN C BROWN (S57-62) - after leaving the College went to Birmingham University to study medicine and went on to become a member of the Royal College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists. He is currently Associate Professor Emeritus, Department of Anaesthesiology and Associate Professor Emeritus, Department of Otolaryngology at the University of Michigan.

PROFESSOR NICHOLAS RUTTER (S55-63) - he has published over 100 research and teaching papers and book chapters in the field of paediatrics. In 1994 he was made Professor of Paediatric Medicine. He is an honorary life member of the British Association of Perinatal Medicine and the Neonatal Society. He retired in 2005, remaining an Emeritus Professor. He died on 8 June 2019 and you can read a great tribute to him by Professor Sir Terence Stephenson.

PROFESSOR ROBERT "BOB" MICHAEL KER FOX (R66-71) - he has had a distinguished academic career around the world. In 2013 he was appointed Professor and Deputy Director of Learning and Teaching Unit at The University of New South Wales (UNSW), Sydney, Australia. He also holds concurrent appointments as Honorary Professor, Faculty of Education, HKU and Adjunct Professor of Innovation in Higher Education, School of Education, UNSW. His research interests focus on technological practice and change; teacher professional development; innovative use of new technology; blended learning and MOOCs; and the impact of technology on physical learning environments.

PROFESSOR THOMAS MATTHEW STORY WOLEVER (R71-72) - after attending the College as an English Speaking Exchange Student, he received his medical training in Oxford University, followed by a PhD from the University of Toronto and a Doctorate in Medicine from Oxford University. He is presently Professor and Acting Chair of the Department of Nutritional Sciences, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto. He is a recognized national and international expert in the area of dietary carbohydrates. He has written and co-written a number of books on the subject.

PROFESSOR DAVID MATTHEW HANSELL (G66-75) - he went to King’s College, London and then trained to be a doctor at Westminster Medical School. Royal Brompton Hospital appointed him consultant radiologist in 1989, where he developed one of the first ‘filmless’ radiology departments in the UK in the mid-1990s. He was appointed Professor of Thoracic Imaging, Imperial College, London in 1998. His primary specialty is radiology of the lungs. He has been President of the European Society of Thoracic Imaging. He is the senior author of a highly acclaimed textbook “Imaging of Diseases of the Chest” (2005), the Editor of Clinical Radiology from 2002-2006 and the author or co-author of more than 200 papers listed on the PubMed database.

PROFESSOR JOHN SCHOFIELD (Z78-81) - after university he started working for English Heritage, remaining there for 21 years before leaving in 2010 to take up the post of Director of Studies in Cultural Heritage Management at the University of York. In October 2012 he took over as Head of Department and in July 2015 was appointed Professor with effect from October 2015.