Lives of the fellows

Henry Peter Burnell Harvey

b.4 July 1926 d.6 February 2016
MB BS Sydney(1948) MRACP(1953) MRCP(1954) FRACP(1965) FRCP(1974)

Henry Peter Burnell Harvey was a consultant in thoracic medicine at the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital (RPAH), Sydney, Australia. He was born in Sydney, the son of William Cotter Burnell Harvey, a physician and a fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians, and Laura Harvey née Hingst, the daughter of a sea captain. He was educated at Tudor House and then Sydney Grammar School. He went on to study medicine at Sydney University, gaining his MB BS in 1948.

He was a house physician on the professorial unit of the RPAH from 1948 to 1949, and was subsequently a senior resident medical officer and registrar there. In 1952 he was a research registrar in the department of surgery, Sydney University. A year later he was a registrar in the clinical research unit, RPAH.

From 1954 he held an overseas travelling fellowship, studying chest and heart diseases at the Brompton Hospital, London, Sully Chest Hospital, Wales, and King Edward VII Hospital, Sussex.

In 1955 he returned to Australia, where he was a thoracic registrar at the RPAH. From 1957 to 1958 he was clinical superintendent of the Page Chest Pavilion. In 1958 he was elected to the visiting staff of the RPAH, becoming the senior thoracic physician in 1964 and a clinical tutor at Sydney University.

In 1965 he was a member of the Wellington Hospital medical unit research team to the Cook Islands, carrying out epidemiological research, chiefly on hypertension. In 1969 he joined the same team to study the Maori population in Rotorua, New Zealand.

He was a fellow of St Paul’s College, University of Sydney, and a member of the governing council. From 1948 to 1953 he served as a captain in the Citizen Military Forces, the Australian Army reserve.

Outside medicine he enjoyed skiing, sailing and collecting antique Australian books.

In 1952 he married Elizabeth Edols. They had five children – Bill, Philip, Anna, Caroline and David.

RCP editor

(Volume XII, page web)

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