Lives of the fellows

Edward Gwynne Thomas

b.6 April 1907 d.21 May 1976
OBE(1946) VRD(1943) BSc Wales(1927) MRCS LRCP(1929) MB BS Lond(1930) MD(1933) MRCP(1933) FRCP(1971)

Edward Thomas started his medical studies in the Welsh National Medical School, Cardiff, and graduated BSc in pre-clinical studies in 1927. Owing to a temporary interruption of clinical teaching in Cardiff he, with many of his fellow students, completed his clinical training at University College Hospital, London, where he qualified with the conjoint in 1929 and MB BS in 1930. He passed the MD London in 1933 and was admitted to the membership of the College in the same year.

He early showed an interest in dermatology and became senior registrar at St John’s Hospital for Diseases of the Skin, and was also assistant in the skin department of the Hospital for Sick Children, Great Ormond Street. He was awarded the Chesterfield medal in 1933, an award made annually by examination at St John’s Hospital.

At that time dermatology and venereology were not completely separate disciplines and Thomas’s interest and activities covered both, leaning more in the direction of the latter. He was for many years head of the department of venereology at UCH, and lectured in that subject in the medical school, but regularly deputized for the dermatologist when necessary, and was appointed consultant dermatologist to the Whittington, New End, and French Hospitals. After his retirement he was honorary consultant dermatologist and venereologist to UCH. Thomas joined the RNVR as a surgeon sub-lieutenant in 1928 and served throughout the 1939 -1945 war as a specialist in naval hospitals in the UK and Australia. He was demobilized with the rank of surgeon commander and awarded the OBE in 1946.

Gwynne Thomas contributed the chapter on venereology in Garland and Phillips’ Textbook of Medicine (1953).

In 1936 he married Lisbeth Helen Mair, daughter of Griffith Thomas, general manager of the British Linen Bank, and they had one son. Sadly, his wife died in 1950.

Thomas was a quiet, amiable man who shunned the limelight and personal advancement. He enjoyed playing golf.

FR Bettley
Sir Gordon Wolstenholme

(Volume VII, page 574)

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