Lives of the fellows

Laurence Humphry

b.16 July 1856 d.5 February 1920
CMG BA Cantab(1877) MA MD MRCS FRCP(1903)

Laurence Humphry was born at Richmond, the son of Joseph Thompson Humphry, barrister, and his wife, a daughter of Dr. McNab of Epping. He was educated at Haileybury and Trinity College, Cambridge, and graduated as B.A. in 1877. Two years later he qualified at St. Bartholomew’s Hospital, and obtained junior posts there and at the City of London Hospital for Diseases of the Chest. On the advice of his uncle, Sir George Humphry, professor of surgery, he settled in practice at Cambridge. There he became assistant physician, and then physician, to Addenbrooke’s Hospital. At the University he was teacher of pathology, assessor to the Regius professor of physic (1899-1902), lecturer on medicine (1901-11), and an examiner. He wrote an article on malformations of the heart for Allbutt’s System of Medicine. During the War of 1914-1918, he served as a lieutenant-polonel in the 1st Eastern General Hospital. Personally Humphry was a self-effacing, humorous man, with a talent for modelling in wax. He married in 1899 Isabel, daughter of Professor Sir George Stokes; they had no children. He died in Cambridge.

G H Brown

[Lancet, 1920; B.M.J., 1920; Al.Cantab., iii, 488]

(Volume IV, page 452)

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