Lives of the fellows

Robert James Lee

b.9 November 1841 d.17 November 1924
BA Cantab(1863) MB(1865) MA MD FRCP(1874)

R. J. Lee, the son of Robert Lee, F.R.C.P, F.R.S, was educated at King’s College School and Brighton College as a boy, and then read natural sciences at Caius College, Cambridge, graduating as B.A. in 1863. He studied medicine at St. George’s and St. Thomas’s Hospitals in London and at Paris, and took his M.B. degree in 1865. His first appointments were as physician to the Western General Dispensary and lecturer on forensic medicine and pathology at the Westminster Hospital, but he later established connections with St. George’s as assistant obstetric physician and joint lecturer on obstetric medicine and with the Hospital for Sick Children as, successively, assistant physician and physician. Himself a fine athlete in his youth — both as a runner and as an oarsman — he published a book on Exercise and Training, their Effects upon Health in 1873. Two years later, he delivered the Goulstonian Lectures at the Royal College of Physicians. But Lee never fulfilled the promise of his early career, because, as the writer of one obituary notice put it, " he was distinctly difficult He resigned his Fellowship of the College in 1902 in order " to give attention to the development of some patents ", and spent the remainder of his life in retirement. He died at West Drayton. One of his two daughters was Auriol Lee, the actress.

G H Brown

[Lancet, 1924; Times, 24 Nov. 1924; Biog.Hist.of Caius College, ii, 344]

(Volume IV, page 226)

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