Lives of the fellows

Wilfred Robert Trotter

b.14 May 1911 d.29 November 1998
BM BCh Oxon(1935) MRP(1937) DM(1942) FRCP(1963)

Wilfred Robert Trotter was a consultant physician at University College Hospital and a senior lecturer in medicine at University College medical school. He was the son of Wilfred Batten Lewis Trotter, a neurosurgeon and a professor of surgery at University College Hospital. His mother was Elizabeth May née Jones, the daughter of a colliery owner. He was educated at Sherborne School, and went on to Oxford University and then University College Hospital to study medicine.

After war service in the RAMC from 1941 to 1946 he joined the medical unit at University College Hospital medical school. He was interested in all aspects of thyroid disease, and was a founder member of the Thyroid Club. After the isolation of tri-iodothyronine by Rosalind Pitt-Rivers, he was the first to use the new hormone in treating myxoederma. From 1959 he was a senior lecturer in thyroid diseases at the University College Hospital medical school.

Outside medicine, he was interested in the history of medicine. After he retired he moved to Blackdown, in Surrey, and was interested in the history and archaelogy of the area. He also wrote articles on garden history and local rural architecture. In 1947 he married Enid Beatrice Roulston, an anaethetist and the daughter of a Presbyterian minister. They had a son.

RCP editor

[Brit.med.J., 1999,318,1148]

(Volume XI, page 582)

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