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Biographical entry Thomas, Osler Lister (1921 - 2009)

MBE 1945; MB BS London; MRCS 1949; FRCS 1954; FRCS Edin 1954; DLO 1959.

20 May 1921
Hong Kong
October 2009
General surgeon


Osler Lister Thomas was born in Hong Kong on 20 May 1921, the son of George Harold Thomas, a surgeon and fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons, and Nora Thomas née Gourdin, the daughter of a chartered accountant. His younger brother also became a fellow of the College.

Thomas studied medicine at Guy's Hospital Medical School, and was influenced by Grant Massie and S H Wass.

During the Second World War he served in the Hong Kong Volunteer Defense Corps and then the Special Operations Executive, becoming a captain. He was awarded an MBE in 1945.

He gained his FRCS in 1954, and a diploma in otorhinolaryngology in 1959.

In 1949 he married Lily Trinh. They had three daughters and a son. Osler Lister Thomas died in October 2009, aged 88.

Sarah Gillam

The Royal College of Surgeons of England