Lives of the fellows

Robert Wigglesworth

b.9 July 1917 d.2 December 2003
MB BS Lond(1940) MRCP(1948) DCH(1950) FRCP(1969)

Robert Wigglesworth was a consultant paediatrician in Kettering and Northampton. He was born in Burnley, Lancashire, the son of Robert Wigglesworth, a civil servant, and Emily Ruth née Dawson, the daughter of John Dawson, a farmer. He was educated at St Peter’s, Bury, and then Huntingdon School. He went on to St Bartholomew’s Hospital to study medicine, qualifying in 1940.

He was a casualty house physician, casualty house surgeon, paediatric house physician and senior house physician at Bart’s between 1940 and 1942. He then joined the Army, serving as a deputy assistant director of medical services (DADMS) in Burma. He was mentioned in despatches in 1944 and in 1945 was appointed as assistant director of medical services for the Allied land forces’ headquarters, South East Asia Command (SEAC), with the rank of lieutenant colonel. From 1946 to 1947 he was a medical specialist at Catterick Military Hospital.

In 1947, he returned to Bart’s, as chief assistant (medical). He then went on to Oxford, to the Radcliffe Infirmary, as a senior registrar and tutor in paediatrics. In 1954, he was appointed as a consultant paediatrician to the Oxford Regional Hospital Board, covering Kettering and Northampton hospitals. He was also a consultant paediatrician at the Shaftesbury Society’s Hinwick Hall School, Wellingborough, and at the Royal National Institute of the Blind’s Rushton Hall School in Kettering.

He was a member of the council of the Royal Society of Medicine, and vice-chairman and chairman of the educational committee of the National Association for Maternal and Child Welfare.

Outside medicine, he was interested in natural history, country pursuits, mineralogy and geology, ornithology, photography, architecture, agriculture and gardening. He was a member of the Mineralogical Society and of the Soil Association. In 1942, he married Barbara Jean Mary née Cooper, the daughter of Edward Thomas Saunders Cooper, a civil servant. They had three daughters, Elizabeth, Nan and Sarah.

RCP editor

(Volume XII, page web)

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