Lives of the fellows

Robert Briggs Wild

b.1862 d.7 October 1941
BSc Manch(1883) MB Lond(1886) MD Lond MSc Manch MRCS FRCP(1912)

Robert Wild was born at Holcombe, Bury, the son of Robert Wild, and won many distinctions in his studies at Owens College, Manchester. He took the B.Sc. degree in 1883 and went on to qualify in medicine in 1884 and to take the degree of M.B. (Lond.) in 1886. After holding a house appointment at Manchester Royal Infirmary, he began to practise in the city and to lecture at Owens College, at first on pathology and then on materia medica and therapeutics. He succeeded Leech as professor of the latter subjects in the chair which Leech had endowed. He also acted as dean of the Manchester Medical School, as pro-vice-chancellor of the University and, from 1922 till his retirement in 1927, as the University’s representative on the General Medical Council. As a consultant, he concentrated on skin diseases and filled honorary appointments at the Manchester and Salford Hospital for Diseases of the Skin, which he had helped to establish. He was a strong supporter, too, of the Christie (Cancer) Hospital and Home. Wild was a keen antiquarian in his leisure. His wife was Florence, daughter of Lt.-Col. Hillkirk of Withington; they had two daughters. He died at Buxton.

G H Brown

[Lancet, 1941; B.M.J., 1941]

(Volume IV, page 526)

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