Lives of the fellows

Reginald Ellis

b.August 1898 d.16 March 1970
MB ChB Manch(1924) MD(1929) MRCP(1932) FRCP(1943)

Reginald Ellis was born in Congleton, the son of Alfred Ellis, a builder. He was educated in Congleton, and served in the Royal Navy in the first world war. Afterwards he entered Manchester University, where he graduated MB ChB in 1924 winning the bronze medal in human physiology. He held house appointments in Manchester Royal Infirmary and the Brompton Hospital, and was resident clinical pathologist at Manchester Royal Infirmary where he became cardiographic registrar, part-time assistant lecturer in applied physiology and resident medical officer.

In 1928 he assisted Crighton Bramwell in cardiovascular research on the athletes at the Olympic Games in Amsterdam. Arising from this work he wrote a thesis which brought him his MD in 1929. He had part-time research grants from the Medical Research Council from 1927 to 1930 for the elucidation of various problems in cardiology, including a study of the pulse wave in various diseases of the heart and the graphical recording of heart sounds; also for the study of asthma in card-room workers. His MRCP came in 1932 with commendations from the President for his high standard of achievement.

Ellis was honorary assistant physician to Ancoats Hospital from 1933 to 1934, when he became honorary physician in charge of the department of cardiology, holding the post until 1964. He was honorary physician at Manchester Northern Hospital from 1935 to 1945 and consultant physician, Withington Hospital, from 1935 to 1964. He was a member of the Manchester Medical Society (Hon. Secretary from 1936 to 1947), the Pathological Society of Manchester, the British Cardiac Society, and the Association for the Study of Diseases of the Chest.

Always tidy in appearance he was equally meticulous in habit. He demanded a high standard from those he worked with, yet he was always kindness itself. Sensitive by nature, even the ticking of a clock while he was examining a patient was a cause of complaint. He did not seek the limelight and was never happier than when working in the garden of his home that meant so much to him.

He married on 4 June 1947 Doris Holt, widow of James Holt, MRCVS.

William Brockbank

[Lancet, 1970, 1, 790]

(Volume VI, page 163)

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