Lives of the fellows

Charles James Cullingworth

b.3 June 1841 d.11 May 1908
MD Hon DCL Durh Hon LLD Aberd MRCS LSA FRCP(1887)

C. J. Cullingworth was born at Leeds and educated at Wesley College, Sheffield, For two years after leaving school he helped to manage his father’s business. On his father’s death, however, he apprenticed himself to a Leeds practitioner and began to study at the Leeds School of Medicine. Having qualified in 1865, he spent eighteen months in general practice at Bawtry in Yorkshire. In 1866 he obtained a resident appointment in the Manchester Royal Infirmary and two years later started to practise in Manchester. From 1872 to 1882 he served as a police surgeon, and in 1873 he was elected surgeon to St. Mary’s Hospital for Women. At Owens College he lectured on medical jurisprudence from 1879 to 1885. In the latter year he succeeded to the chair of obstetric medicine, a subject in which he had specialised for a few years.

In 1888 Cullingworth was persuaded to leave his lucrative practice in Manchester in order to take up the office of obstetric physician to St. Thomas’s Hospital in London. Here he was quick to establish himself as a gynaecological operator and as an authority on pelvic peritonitis and puerperal septicaemia. In 1902 he was the first gynaecologist to give the Bradshaw Lecture at the Royal College of Physicians, and in 1904 he gave the Ingleby lecture at Birmingham University. He sat in the Central Midwives Board from 1902 to 1905. He was one of the founders of the Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology of the British Empire and edited it for the last two years of his life. Cullingworth was of nervous temperament and great energy and enthusiasm. He was a deliberate and convincing speaker and was wont to quote his favourite authors, especially Tennyson and Browning. He married in 1882 Emily Mary, daughter of Richard Freeman, and had one daughter. He died in London.

G H Brown

[Lancet, 1908; B.M.J., 1908; Presidential Address to R.C.P., 1909, 23]

(Volume IV, page 322)

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