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Biographical entry Gore, Richard Thomas (1799 - 1881)

MRCS July 6th 1821; FRCS Dec 11th 1843 one of the original 300 Fellows; LSA 1820.

14 November 1881
Bath, UK
General surgeon


Born in Dublin, the son of Richard Gore, of Lumville, King's County, and great-nephew of Major William Gore, of the famous 33rd Regiment. On his father's removing to Chester, Richard Thomas Gore was placed under a clergyman and received a good general education, including a knowledge of French, to which, apart from his tutor, he quickly added a knowledge of German, sufficient to allow him to become a translator of scientific works. He received his professional training at St Bartholomew's Hospital, and after qualifying settled in practice at Bath in partnership with Mr Kitson, who was Mayor in 1831. In 1844 he was appointed Surgeon to the United Hospital, Bath, a position retained by him until about two months before his death.

Gore was known locally as a skilful surgeon, whose opinion was valued. He was not well adapted to the exigencies of general practice and seems never to have done himself justice, for, in view of his great abilities, the quickness, clearness, and accuracy of his perceptions, his faculty as a scientific stylist, his diligence as a student, and devotion to his calling, he should have adorned a wider sphere.

He was a Common Councilman from 1838-1853, and was for many years an Alderman of the City of Bath, and in this capacity was able to do admirable service to the municipality in questions connected with water-supply and sanitation. He was active in politics as a Conservative in early life, but gradually joined the Liberal Party. He died on Nov 14th, 1881, at his residence in Queen's Square, Bath.

Gore was "ever a quiet, diligent reader and an enthusiast in science", who thought and spoke clearly, and possessed the rare faculty of formulating his thoughts in the simplest and most direct language. The Chair of Comparative Anatomy in University College, London, is said to have been offered to him and declined.

Translation into English from the 10th edition of Blumenbach's Handbuch der Naturgeschichte, 8vo, 2 plates, London, 1825.
Translation of Carl G Carus's Comparative Anatomy of Animals, 2 vols, 8vo and 4to, 20 plates, London, 1827.
"Abstract of the History of a Case of Strangulated Exomphalos Successfully Operated on Fifty Hours after Parturition." - Med-Chir Trans, 1823, xii, 570.
"Notice of a Case of Microcephaly." - Anthropolog Rev, 1863, I, 168.

The Royal College of Surgeons of England