Browse Fellows


www Lives

Biographical entry Hooper, Arthur Norman (1889 - 1948)

MRCS 9 October 1913; FRCS 10 June 1920; BA Cambridge 1910; MA MB BCh 1920; LRCP 1913.

4 January 1889
Dudley, Worcestershire
23 March 1948
General surgeon and Obstetrician and gynaecologist


Born on 4 January 1889 at Selborne, Dudley, Worcestershire, the fourth child and third son of Arthur George Hooper, solicitor, and his wife Fanny, daughter of the Rev Joseph Shillito, of Lozells Chapel, Birmingham. He was educated at Mill Hill School 1903-07, and at Emmanuel College, Cambridge; where he took second-class honours in the Natural Sciences Tripos, Part I, 1910. He received his clinical training at the Birmingham General Hospital, where he served as house surgeon, took the course of midwifery at the Rotunda Hospital, Dublin, and was also house surgeon at Whitehaven Infirmary. He intended to become a medical missionary, and after qualifying in 1913 went to Japan as a ship's surgeon. On the outbreak of war in August 1914 he joined the RAMC, and served in France as a surgical specialist at casualty clearing stations, with the rank of captain gazetted 14 November 1915.

After the war Hooper made postgraduate studies at the Middlesex Hospital, and took the Fellowship and the Cambridge medical and surgical baccalaureate in 1920. He bought a practice at Caversham near Reading in 1921, which he enlarged so much that he ultimately took in three partners, Drs E V Beale, S F L Dahne, and W I Bain. Hooper was appointed surgical registrar at the Royal Berkshire Hospital, Reading, in 1924, becoming assistant obstetrician, and later surgeon gynaecologist and retiring in 1946. He was obstetric consultant to the Berkshire County and Reading Borough Councils, and consulting surgeon at Marlow Cottage Hospital and the Berkshire Mental Hospital, Wallingford. He was a member of the Reading Pathological Society, and secretary for nine years of the Reading division of the British Medical Association.

Hooper married in 1917 Violet, daughter of Henry Edmund Orr-Paterson, of Montgomerie, Ayrshire. Mrs Hooper survived him with two sons, the elder being Dr N S Hooper, and a daughter. He retired from practice in June 1947 and settled at Bells Barns, Kirkcudbright, Scotland, where he died on 23 March 1948, aged 59. Hooper excelled at all ball-games and outdoor sports, but gave little time to them. He was a devoutly religious man, much beloved.

Alterations in the distribution and character of the blood. Reports of the special investigative committee on surgical shock and allied conditions, 1918.

Sources used to compile this entry: [Brit med J 1948, 1, 711, by E V Beale, MD; information from Mrs Hooper].

The Royal College of Surgeons of England