Lives of the fellows

Harold Theodore Thompson

b.11 April 1878 d.3 February 1935
BA Cantab(1899) BSc Lond(1901) MB BCh Cantab(1902) FRCS(1904) FRCP(1911) MD Cantab

Theodore Thompson, the son of Henry Thompson of Chester, took the degree of B.A. at Christ’s College, Cambridge, as a wrangler in 1899 and went on to gain first-class honours in the natural sciences tripos. At the London Hospital, where he completed his medical studies, he won the Price scholarship and took the London B.Sc. degree in 1901, graduated as M.B, B.Ch. (Cantab), in 1902 and took the F.R.C.S. in 1904. From the normal resident appointments, he rose to be, first, assistant physician, and, finally, physician to the Hospital. He served also on the staffs of the Hospital for Sick Children, the Poplar Hospital, and, during the 1914-1918 War, the King Edward VII Hospital for Officers. He examined both for the Royal College of Physicians and for Cambridge University.

Thompson — or "Turtle" as he was called by his friends, owing to his rotund build and waddling gait — was probably one of the best diagnosticians of his day, a man of few words, with unusual intuitive powers, and a natural inspirer of confidence in his patients. But for his interest in general medicine and the claims of his immense practice, he might well have become an outstanding neurologist. He married in 1905 Elinor, daughter of Edward Waller of Alexandria, and had three sons and a daughter. He died at Great Missenden.

G H Brown

[Lancet, 1935; B.M.J., 1935]

(Volume IV, page 521)

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