"b.23 Apr 1918 d.[? 1975]
MB BCh Wits(1942) MSc(1946) MRCP(1948) FRCPE(1948) DPM Lond(1950) FRCP(1973)"
Solomon Jacobson was born in South Africa, the son of Maximilian Jacobson and his wife Bertha, née Stein. He was educated at Doornfontein preparatory school, Athlone High School, and the University of Witwatersrand, pursuing his clinical studies at Johannesburg General Hospital. After the usual house appointments at the hospital, he joined the South African Medical Corps in 1944, as a temporary captain, and served until 1946. On demobilization he was appointed a part-time lecturer in anatomy at the Johannesburg General Hospital and then came to Britain where he was a registrar at the Maudsley from 1948-50. In 1950 he returned to South Africa, being appointed as neurologist and psychiatrist to the Johannesburg General and the University of Witwatersrand, a post he held until 1961 when he returned once more to England. He settled down in England, being first appointed as consultant psychiatrist to the St Francis, Brighton and Lewes Group of hospitals, and subsequently clinical tutor in psychiatry in the University of London and visiting professor to the University of Sussex. He was a member of the medical consultative committee at the latter university, and from 1971-72 held a grant for research in suicide in Sussex from the South East Metropolitan Hospital Board.
Outside medicine, Solomon Jacobson enjoyed writing poetry and short stories and collecting rare books. He was chairman of the Poetry Society of Brighton. As well as literature, he was actively interested in art and music.
He married Shelley, daughter of Herman Lowenstein, an engraver, in 1943, and they had two children; a son and a daughter. VL/GW
(Volume VIII, page 242)
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