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Biographical entry Jones, Robin Francis McNab (1922 - 2009)

MB BS London 1945; FRCS 1952.

15 June 2009
ENT surgeon


Robin Francis McNab Jones was a consultant ear, nose and throat surgeon at St Bartholomew's Hospital, London. He was born in Bristol in 1922. As a child he moved to Manchester and was educated at Manchester Grammar School and Dulwich College. He studied medicine at St Bartholomew's Hospital Medical School, qualifying in 1945. He then served in the Royal Air Force.

From 1952 he trained in ENT surgery in London and then moved to Manchester as a lecturer. In 1961 he returned to Bart's as a consultant surgeon. He also worked at the Royal National Throat, Nose and Ear Hospital and was dean there from 1971 to 1976.

He was an innovative surgeon and developed new ideas, including using the operating microscope for nasal surgery and an external approach for medialisation of a paralysed vocal cord.

He was president of the section of laryngology of the Royal Society of Medicine, and a member of the council and of the court of examiners of the Royal College of Surgeons.

Outside medicine he was an enthusiastic sportsman and fisherman. Once he retired, in 1987, he developed his interest in education. He was chairman of the board of governors of Worsley Bridge School, Beckenham.

Robin Francis McNab Jones died after a short illness on 15 June 2009. He was survived by his wife Mary, four children and 10 grandchildren.

Sarah Gillam

Sources used to compile this entry: [BMJ 2010 340 325].

The Royal College of Surgeons of England