b.4 May 1904 d.18 August 1992
MB ChB Sheff(1928) MRCP(1930) FRCP(1945)
Traugott Ernst Gumpert was born in Coburg, Germany. The family came to the UK and settled in Sheffield just prior to the 1914 war. After education at the local Grammar School, Trau Gumpert was encouraged to join the family toy business. His own interest, however, was in a medical career and he eventually joined the University of Sheffield to study medicine. After qualification he held appointments in Sheffield and at the Brompton Hospital, London. He obtained his membership of the College in 1930 and in 1936 he was appointed consultant physician to the Royal Hospital, Sheffield. During the second world war he joined the RAMC and served in Egypt and West Africa, being promoted to the rank of lieutenant colonel. He was elected a member of the Association of Physicians in 1943 and to the fellowship of the College in 1945.
Trau Gumpert’s main clinical interest was in cardiology. He enjoyed teaching at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels and served as an examiner at Sheffield, London and Cambridge. After retirement he wrote two autobiographies: Recollected in tranquility ... was published privately in 1979 and this was followed by Reminiscences of a physician, Surrey, Triplegate Ltd., 1982. His main recreational activities were choral singing in the local Bach choir and fly-fishing in North Derbyshire. His wife Joan, a Sheffield medical graduate, died in 1987. They had three children, a daughter Joan and two sons, John and Robert. John is a neurologist and Robert is a surgeon.
J J Daly
(Volume IX, page 215)
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