Lives of the fellows

Harry Variot Langwill Finlay

b.28 September 1918 d.7 May 1998
MB ChB Edin(1940) DCH(1943) MRCP Edin(1945) MRCP(1948) FRCP Edin(1957) FRCP(1969)

Harry Finlay was a consultant paediatrician at Hillingdon Hospital. He was born in Edinburgh, where his father, Thomas Finlay, was a paediatrician. Finlay senior had represented Scotland at the inaugural meeting of the British Paediatric Association in 1928. Harry was educated at George Watson's Boys' College in Edinburgh, and then went on to Edinburgh University. After qualifying in 1940, he completed house jobs in the city, at the Royal Hospital for Sick Children and the Southern General Hospital, and was a demonstrator in anatomy. He passed his diploma in child health in 1943.

In 1948, he was appointed to the Hillingdon Hospital, where he worked single-handedly for the next 20 years. He was also involved in starting the pioneering paediatric cardiac unit at Harefield.

Despite his heavy clinical workload, he published papers on some common paediatric problems, including urinary tract infections, erythema of the newborn, and congenital dislocation of the hip.

Shortly after he retired, the long-planned 'Harry Finlay Unit' was opened, a much-needed replacement for the prefabricated buildings Harry had worked in throughout his time at Hillingdon. He leaves a wife, Ray, and three children, Andrew, Margaret and Elspeth.

RCP editor


(Volume XI, page 195)

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