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Biographical entry Stibbe, Edward Philip (1884 - 1943)

MRCS 12 November 1908; FRCS 10 December 1925; LRCP 1908.

12 November 1884
23 July 1943
Gerrards Cross, Buckinghamshire
Anatomist and Medical Officer


Born 12 November 1884 at Glasgow, eldest child of Godfrey Stibbe, hosiery machine builder, and Sophia Dennis, his wife. He was educated at Allan Grant's School, Glasgow, and at Wyggeston School, Leicester, before entering Charing Cross Hospital Medical School. After qualifying in 1908 he entered the Government Medical Service in Fiji in 1909; in 1912 he became district medical officer of Vosburg in South Africa, and interested himself in measuring native skulls. During the first world war he served as medical officer at the 1st Northern General Hospital at Newcastle-upon-Tyne, 1915-18. He went back to South Africa in 1919 as professor of anatomy at the University of South Africa, Pretoria.

He took the Fellowship in 1925, and began to teach anatomy in this country, being successively demonstrator at Durham and Liverpool Universities and senior demonstrator at University College, London, and at the London Hospital under William Wright. In 1935 he joined the staff of King's College in the Strand, and was appointed University of London reader of anatomy; three years later, 1938, he was elected professor. At King's he filled the offices of sub-dean and tutor in the Medical Faculty. He was a wise and generous friend of his pupils, and served the College well in the difficult years of evacuation, 1939-42. At the Royal College of Surgeons Stibbe was a Hunterian professor in 1936, lecturing on the surgical anatomy of the sub-tentorial angle, and he examined for the Conjoint Board 1933-38 and for the Fellowship 1936-41. He was elected to examine for the Fellowship overseas in 1939-40, but the war postponed these examinations. He also examined for Durham and Liverpool Universities and for the Society of Apothecaries.

Stibbe was a member of council of the Anatomical Society of Great Britain and Ireland, and a Fellow of the Royal Anthropological Institute. He edited in 1932 a Practical anatomy, by six teachers; William Wright, T E Yeates, J S B Stopford, S E Whitnall, M F Lucas Keene, and himself. In 1930 he wrote a Textbook of physical anthropology, which reached a second edition in 1938. Stibbe married (1) in 1909 Celia Evelyn Rail, and there were two sons and a daughter of the marriage; (2) in 1924 Florence Kate Roy, who survived him, dying on 5 June 1949. He died on 23 July 1943 at Hardby, Gerrards Cross, Bucks, aged 58, and was buried in St James's churchyard, Gerrards Cross.

Textbook of physical anthropology. London, 1930; 2nd edition, 1938.
True tracheal diverticulunt. J Anat 1929-30, 64, 62.
Practical anatomy, by six teachers, edited. London, 1932.
Anatomy for dental students, by six teachers, edited. London, 1934.
Some observations on the surgery of trigeminal neuralgia. Brit J Surg 1936-37, 24, 122.
Aids to anatomy. London, 1940.

Sources used to compile this entry: [The Times, 26 July 1943, p 6e, and 3 August, p 6f, eulogy by W R Halliday, Litt D, principal of King's College, London; Brit med J 1943, 2, 183; Lancet, 1943, 2, 209, with portrait; Med Press, 1943, 210, 96; King's Coll Hosp Gaz 1943, 22, 65; London Hosp Gaz 1943, 46, 245, eulogy by W A M Smart, MRCS, and portrait; J Anat 1944, 78, 58, eulogy by T N].

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