Lives of the fellows

Claude Wilson

b.1 December 1860 d.31 October 1937
MB CM Edin(1884) MD Edin(1887) MRCP(1926) FRCP(1933)

Claude Wilson was born in Liverpool into a Quaker family; his father was Charles Wilson, sometime honorary treasurer of Liverpool Royal Infirmary. After private schooling in Somerset he went to Owens College, Manchester, and then to Edinburgh University. While a resident at the Royal Infirmary, Edinburgh, he became interested in physiology and cardiology, which led him to study under Schott at Nauheim before he entered practice at Tunbridge Wells as a general physician with a special interest in cardiology. There was then no specialism as we now understand it, but for a considerable part of fifty years he was honorary consultant to the Kent and Sussex Hospital.

He was twice elected president of the Kent branch of the British Medical Association, 1915 to 1918, and 1934 to 1935, and wrote many articles in its Journal. He was also an active member of the Association of Physicians of Great Britain and Ireland. Wilson was a man of great charm and kindliness, with a marked dislike of self-advertisement. His main hobby was mountaineering; he was a member of the Swiss Alpine Club and its president, 1929 to 1931, and a member of the Scottish Mountaineering Club. Other interests were music, tennis and golf. In 1886 he married Annette, daughter of the Rev. D. Guthrie, D.D., of Liberton, Edinburgh. They had one daughter.

Richard R Trail

[Alpine J., 1938, 50, 115-24 (p);, 1937, 2, 942; Edinb. med. J., 1938, 45, 63; Kent and Sussex Courier, 5 Nov. 1937; Lancet, 1937, 2, 1120; Tunbridge Wells Advertiser, 5 Nov. 1937.]

(Volume V, page 453)

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