Lives of the fellows

Frank Alexander Knott

b.9 December 1889 d.12 January 1962
MB BS Lond(1917) DPH Eng(1920) MD Lond(1922) MRCS LRCP(1915) MRCP(1926) FRCP(1941)

Frank Knott, remembered with respect and affection by the staff and by many generations of students of Guy’s Hospital, was the only child of John and Anne Marie Knott, and was educated privately. He had been an apprentice engineer before he entered Guy’s Hospital Medical School, where his training in bacteriology under Professor John Eyre taught him the value of keeping accurate records; when he took over the bacteriological department it could within a few minutes produce the full details of any patient for many years past. By taking over all the routine work, chemical, bacteriological and haematological, he enabled the professors of these subjects to concentrate on teaching and research.

For several years before 1939 he took charge of the clinical laboratory used by students and house men, to whom, as to his colleagues, he was always available for help and advice. He was also consulting pathologist to the Putney and Royal Waterloo Hospitals, and closely associated with Sir Arthur Hurst at New Lodge Clinic in Windsor Forest. To him as a good physician, clinical pathology was the handmaiden of diagnosticians.

In his undergraduate days Knott played in the hospital Rugby and golf teams and edited the Hospital Gazette. Soon after his retirement he became increasingly disabled, but he remained intellectually alert until his death at the age of seventy-two. In 1916 he married Dorothy, daughter of Grosvenor Thomas; they had two daughters.

Richard R Trail

[, 1962, 1, 264-5 (p); Guy's Hosp. Gaz., 1962, 76, 101-02; J.Path.Bact., 1963, 85, 530-37 (p), bibl.; Lancet, 1962, 1, 224; Times, 15 Jan. 1962.]

(Volume V, page 234)

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