Lives of the fellows

Robert Michael (Sir) Simon

b.18 July 1850 d.22 December 1914
BA MD Cantab MD Birm MRCS FRCP(1895) JP

Robert Simon was born at Hamburg, the son of Lewis Simon, merchant, of Nottingham. He was educated at Uppingham and at Caius College, Cambridge, where he graduated in arts. He qualified as a doctor from Guy’s Hospital in 1875 and completed his training with a visit to Berlin. After filling a junior post at the City of London Hospital for Diseases of the Chest, he practised in Manchester for some three years, holding the appointment of physician to St. Mary’s Hospital for Women and Children. In 1879 he moved to Birmingham to become assistant physician to the General Hospital, where twelve years later he was appointed full physician, and in 1914 consulting physician. He was also elected to the staffs of the Dental Hospital, the Tewkesbury and Nuneaton Hospitals, the Lichfield Cottage Hospital and the Sutton Coldfield Dispensary. At Mason College he was professor of medical jurisprudence for a year, and after 1911 he occupied the Birmingham University chair of therapeutics. He examined for the University and for Cambridge. He was Ingleby lecturer at Birmingham and contributed a chapter on diseases of workers in brass and copper to Oliver’s Dangerous Trades. He was knighted in 1910. Simon was a good golfer and an expert bridge and chess player. He married in 1887 Emily Maud, daughter of W. H. Willans of Seaton, and had one daughter. He died at Edgbaston.

G H Brown

[Lancet, 1915; B.M.J., 1915]

(Volume IV, page 381)

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