Plarr’s Lives of the Fellows is a biographical register of the fellows of the Royal College of Surgeons of England. With over 9000 obituaries now available online, and more being added every month, it not only serves as a record of the evolution of surgery, but also an important archive for English social history.
Victor Plarr (1863-1929), who was the college librarian from 1897 until his death, produced the first two printed volumes which were published after his death in 1930. Nine print volumes were produced with the last one published in 2005. These covered all those fellows (FRCS) who were known to have died between 1843, when the FRCS was established, and 2002. In 2006, the Lives Online website was set up and entries began to be uploaded for all those fellows who had died since 2002.
In January 2016, the last obituaries published in printed volumes one to nine were put online, a project eight years in the making. However, if you know of a fellow who died before 2002 and is not listed on this website, please do let us know.
The Lives of the Fellows team continue to add entries for newly deceased fellows on a monthly basis.
New for 2016
Honorary Editor wanted
The RCS seeks to appoint an RCS Fellow as successor to Mr Chris Russell FRCS, currently Honorary Editor for Plarr’s Lives, whose term ends in April 2016.
You can find out more in the role description (PDF).
Applicants should submit a brief CV to email@example.com outlining any previous experience in similar roles. Requests may also be made to the same email address for an informal conversation with the Chairman of the Lives Committee.
If you require further additional information about the editorial and administrative processes related to Lives of the Fellows please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Deadline for applications 14th March 2016.
Lives of the Fellows Blog Entry
To mark the completion of the printed volume upload project, the Lives of the Fellows team have posted a Library Blog entry.
An updated index of post nominal letters and abbreviations (PDF) used in Lives of the Fellows entries is now available.
How can you help?
Please return it to the college by email to email@example.com or addressed to the Honorary Editor, Lives of the Fellows, Library, Royal College of Surgeons of England, 35-43 Lincoln’s Inn Fields, London WC2A 3PE.
If you would like to report the death of a fellow please email the membership department firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you notice a factual error with any of the online obituaries please take a look at the Lives of the Fellows amendment policy for information and advice.
Lives of the Fellows editorial team
- Sir Barry Jackson FRCS (Chairman)
- Mr Chris Russell FRCS (Honorary Editor)
If you have any questions about the Lives of the Fellows, please email email@example.com.