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Biographical entry Wright, John Kenneth (1918 - 2003)

MRCS 1942; FRCS 1950; BSc Manchester 1939; MB ChB 1942; LRCP 1942.

8 May 1918
Haslingden, Lancashire, UK
19 March 2003
Orthopaedic surgeon


Kenneth Wright was a consultant orthopaedic surgeon at Fylde. He was born on 8 May 1918 in Haslingden, Lancashire, the son of Thomas Smethurst Wright, a pharmacist, and Ellen Bleazard, a schoolteacher. He was educated at Haslingden Grammar School, proceeding to Manchester University, where he graduated BSc in 1939 and in 1942 qualified with the conjoint diploma and MB with the clinical surgery prize.

After house appointments at Manchester Royal Infirmary he joined the RAF in 1943, serving in India and Burma, and for a time was medical officer to the famous ‘Dam Buster’ squadron.

He returned to Manchester in 1946, undertaking orthopaedic training with Sir Harry Platt and Sir John Charnley, becoming a lecturer in orthopaedics before being appointed consultant orthopaedic surgeon at Fylde in 1956. He retired in 1978.

He was involved with Sir John Charnley in the early development of the eponymous hip replacement and was himself an innovator of both orthopaedic and non-orthopaedic devices, including a patented ‘fish lure’.

He died on 19 March 2003 and is survived by his wife Vicky, whom he married in 1946, and their two children.

Sources used to compile this entry: [BMJ 2003 326 1091; BON Autumn 2003; information from Mrs Vicky Wright JP].

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