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Biographical entry Wilmot, Thomas James (1920 - 2011)

MB BS London 1944; DLO 1948; MS 1950; FRCS 1950; FRCSI 1980.

31 March 2011
ENT surgeon


Thomas James Wilmot was a consultant ENT surgeon in Tyrone and Fermanagh, Northern Ireland. He was born in 1920. His father was a general practitioner in Louth, Lincolnshire, but was originally from County Kerry. His mother was from Inverness. Wilmot was educated in Norfolk and at Epsom College, and then studied medicine at Middlesex Hospital Medical School. He was evacuated to Leeds and Bristol during the Second World War and qualified MB BS in 1944.

His first posts were in Inverness and at Mount Vernon Hospital. He then returned to Middlesex Hospital, first as a surgical registrar and then as an ENT registrar. From 1947 to 1949 he served in the Royal Air Force as a graded ENT specialist. In 1950 he was based at the Royal National Throat, Nose and Ear Hospital, where he gained his FRCS and MS. He then returned to Middlesex Hospital as a senior ENT registrar.

In 1951 he was appointed to a consultant post at Omagh in County Tyrone, where he set up the first ENT service outside Belfast. Working with colleagues at Middlesex Hospital and the University of Geneva, he installed specialist auditory and rotational equipment for the study of sensorineural deafness and vertigo, then the most advanced equipment in the British Isles.

He published papers, wrote a monograph on Ménière's disease and contributed to text books on otology, audiology and occupational medicine.

He was president of the otology section of the Royal Society of Medicine in 1973 and of the Irish Otolaryngology Society in 1981. In the 1970s he was awarded the Dalby, Jobson Horne and Norman Gamble prizes. He was a founder member of the Otorhinolaryngological Travelling Club.

Outside medicine, he had a passion for fishing and was a skilled painter in oils. He also made his own wine.

In later years he developed Parkinson's disease. His first wife Pat died in 1986. He died on 31 March 2011 and was survived by his second wife, Ivy, his son Tom and daughter Heather, five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Sarah Gillam

Sources used to compile this entry: [BMJ 2011 343 4410 - accessed 25 June 2015].

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