Lives of the fellows

Thomas Edmonston Charles

b.17 October 1834 d.2 March 1906
MD Hon LLD Edin LRCS Edin FRCP(1876)

Thomas Charles was born in Calcutta, the son of a minister of the Established Church of Scotland. He received his medical training at Edinburgh, Paris and Berlin, and qualified in 1855. In the next year he returned to India as an assistant surgeon in the Bengal Medical Service. His first posting was to the 1st Bengal Fusiliers, with whom he served with distinction during the Indian Mutiny, being present at the siege and capture of Delhi and the relief of Lucknow. In 1859 he went to Allahabad as assistant garrison surgeon, but after a short period there he was transferred to a post in the Calcutta General Hospital. He duly succeeded to the appointments of professor of midwifery and obstetric physician at the Bengal Medical College, and built up a large practice in the presidency. He was responsible for the founding of the Eden Hospital. Charles left India in 1880, but continued to practise, firstly at Cannes, till 1886, and then at Rome, till 1902, when he retired to Flushing in Cornwall. He was a man of many interests —microscopy, archaeology, mountaineering, fishing and sailing.

G H Brown

[Lancet, 1906; B.M.J., 1906; Roll of I.M.S., 156]

(Volume IV, page 241)

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