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Biographical entry Richards, Stephen Higgs (1928 - 2006)

MRCS 1951; FRCS 1959; MB BS London 1951; DLO 1959; LRCP 1951; FACS 1963.

8 April 1928
Llanbrynmair, Montgomeryshire, Wales
9 March 2006
Cornwall, UK
ENT surgeon


Stephen Higgs Richards was an ENT surgeon in Cardiff. He was born on 8 April 1928 in Llanbrynmair, Montgomeryshire, the fifth son of Sylfanus Higgs, a farmer, and Gwladys Jane née Brown. He went to Machynlleth County School and then to Guy’s Hospital, where he qualified in1951. After house jobs at Guy’s and Putney he did his National Service in the RAMC as RMO to the 5th Training Battalion RASC.

Following demobilisation, he was a registrar at the Royal Berkshire Hospital and then at the Radcliffe Infirmary, and became a lecturer at Manchester Royal Infirmary. He specialised in otorhinolaryngology and was appointed as a consultant ENT surgeon in Cardiff. He published on veingraft myringoplasty and mastoidectomy using an osteoplastic flap.

He married Dorothy Todd in 1956 and they had one son, Jamie, and two daughters, Jane and Aileen. Among his hobbies he enjoyed ancient cartography and shooting. He died in Cornwall on 9 March 2006.

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