Lives of the fellows

Thomas Pretious Heslop

b.1823 d.17 June 1885
MD Edin FRCP(1872) JP

Thomas Heslop was born in the West Indies, the son of a Scottish artillery officer. After spending his childhood in the care of a medical uncle in Staffordshire, he was educated at Dublin and Edinburgh. Graduating in 1848, he was house physician and tutor at the Birmingham General Hospital for four years. Such was his success in this capacity that he became professor of physiology at the Queen’s College in 1853 and was physician to the Queen’s Hospital from 1853 to 1860 and from 1870 to 1882. He founded the Children’s and the Skin and Lock Hospitals and played a part in the foundation of the Women’s Hospital and the Birmingham Medical Institute. He was, in addition, a governor of King Edward’s School, and chairman of Mason’s Science College, to which he bequeathed a library of 11,000 books. He died near Braemar.

G H Brown

[Lancet, 1885; D.N.B., xxvi, 298]

(Volume IV, page 203)

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