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Biographical entry Henriques, Cecil Quixano (1924 - 2008)

FRCS 1953; BA Cambridge 1945; MB BChir 1948; MChir 1956.

22 February 1924
Birkenhead, UK
21 July 2008
Saxmundham, Suffolk, UK
General surgeon


Cecil Quixano Henriques was a consultant surgeon at Ipswich and East Suffolk hospitals. He was born on 22 February 1924 in Birkenhead, Cheshire, the son of Wilfrid Quixano Henriques OBE, a civil engineer, and Beatrice Ledward (née Forde), Cecil Henriques was educated at Harrow School and Trinity College, Cambridge, where he read natural sciences. In 1945 he entered St Thomas’ Hospital Medical School, London, from where he qualified in 1948.

He was a house officer and casualty officer at St Thomas’ Hospital, before spending two years National Service in the Royal Navy as a surgeon lieutenant on HMS Britannia at Dartmouth. On demobilization he became a registrar at the Royal Northern Hospital, where he was greatly influenced by Sir Reginald Murley and R J McNeil Love. He then moved to King’s College Hospital, London, where he completed his training, becoming a research fellow and senior registrar. Here he was influenced by Sir Cecil Wakeley, Sir Edward Muir and Harold C Edwards. During his time at King’s he was successful in winning the John Everidge research prize in both 1957 and 1960. He was appointed consultant surgeon at Ipswich and East Suffolk hospitals in 1960, where he practised for the rest of his career, retiring in 1988.

In 1961 he gave a Hunterian Lecture based on his research at King’s on the veins of the vertebral column and their role in the spread of cancer, some of the experimental work also being carried out at the Buckston Browne Research Farm. This lecture was published in the Annals in 1962, the same year in which he gave an Arnott Demonstration.

For several years he was an examiner in surgery for the University of Cambridge and at the College he was a surgical tutor between 1964 and 1971.

He had the reputation of being a highly skilled technical surgeon, but was noted for being conservative in his choice of management; if an operation could be avoided, so much the better. Immaculate in dress, in the operating theatre he always wore a pair of Royal Naval officers’ half brogue white leather deck shoes and in private life was never seen without a jacket and tie. He was also noted for owning a succession of Daimler cars. He was a skilled politician in hospital committees, usually winning the day in matters of debate.

In retirement he enjoyed gardening and living a quiet country life with his wife Faith (née Sanderson), by whom he had three children. He died on 21 July 2008 in Saxmundham, Suffolk.

Sir Barry Jackson

The Royal College of Surgeons of England