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Biographical entry Wharry, Harry Mortimer (1891 - 1933)

MRCS 27 July 1916; FRCS 8 June 1922; LRCP 1916.

30 April 1891
1 August 1933
ENT surgeon


Born at Exmouth on 30 April 1891, the second child and only son of Surgeon Major A J Wharry, of the Egyptian Army, and Lillie Adeline Barker, his wife. He was educated at Radley and matriculated from New College, Oxford in 1910, but took no degree in the University. He received his medical education at St Bartholomew's Hospital, and on 8 May 1917 was gazetted captain in the RAMC (special reserve), serving in France and in Mesopotamia. He became interested in disease of the throat, nose, and ear, and acted as clinical assistant at St Bartholomew's, St George's, and University College Hospitals, and finally filled the post of laryngologist at Mount Vernon, the West End Hospital for Diseases of the Nervous System, and the Bolingbroke. He did much good work in the National Institute for the Deaf, where he was chairman of the medical sub-committee. He was also aural surgeon to the Ministry of Pensions and to the Royal Masonic Institute for Girls. He invented in the course of his work the differential microphone and binaural electrical hearing apparatus, and at the time of his death was engaged on the assessment of deafness and the prescription of hearing aids. He married in 1919 Cicely Henrietta Bless, who survived him with a son and two daughters. He died after a short illness at 19 Chester Terrace, Regent's Park on 1 August 1933.

Sources used to compile this entry: [Lancet, 1933, 2, 442; Brit med J 1933, 2, 318 and 361; information given by Mrs Wharry].

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