Lives of the fellows

Philip John Hensley

b.19 April 1839 d.8 August 1920
BA Cantab(1861) MB(1867) MA MD MD Durh FRCP(1871)

P. J. Hensley was born at Caistor, Lincolnshire, the son of Rev. Charles Hensley. He was educated at Rossall and Christ’s College, Cambridge, where he graduated as fourth wrangler in 1861 and was elected to a fellowship in the same year. He studied medicine at St. Bartholomew’s Hospital and Paris, and took his M.B. degree in 1867. After serving as house physician at St. Bartholomew’s, he was appointed assistant physician in 1870 and physician in 1893; he was also demonstrator of physics and lecturer on forensic medicine. Other institutions which appointed him to their staffs were the Western General Dispensary and the Royal Hospital for Chest Diseases. He was a Censor of the Royal College of Physicians and delivered the Goulstonian Lectures in 1872. He examined in medicine for Durham University. Hensley was an able man, with a mathematical training in exactitude, but he was both shy and contemptuous of popularity, and afflicted with a defect of speech that led to his avoidance by students and to their ridicule. To the few who were discerning enough to appreciate his true worth, he was an inspiring teacher. Hensley, who was a widower without children, died at Farnham.

G H Brown

[Lancet, 1920; B.M.J., 1920]

(Volume IV, page 194)

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