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Biographical entry Humphris, Philip Blake (1924 - 2009)

MB BS Sydney 1952; FRCS 1958.

10 June 1924
Parramatta, New South Wales, Australia
24 March 2009
General surgeon


Philip Blake Humphris was a general surgeon in Sydney, Australia. He was born in Parramatta, New South Wales, on 10 June 1924, the son of Frank and Alma Humphris. He was educated in rural New South Wales and finished his schooling at Armidale School. He joined the Australian Army just weeks after his 18th birthday in 1942 and saw action in
Papua New Guinea.

After the end of the Second World War, he studied medicine at the University of Sydney, graduating in 1952. The next year, Philip travelled to the UK, where he worked as a surgeon in London and Scotland. He gained his FRCS in 1958.

After returning to Australia in 1959, Philip practised as a visiting general surgeon in Sydney, specialising in varicose vein surgery. After retiring at 65, he worked in the medico-legal sector for 10 years, as a consultant.

Philip married Margery Mosman in 1955 in England. They had three children. In retirement, they loved travelling around Australia in their caravan, and made sure they kept up to date with the medical world and world news. They also catalogued his family tree.

Philip became frail in his final years and died on 24 March 2009, with his wife and children by his side. He was 84.

Susan Stewart

The Royal College of Surgeons of England