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Biographical entry Herlihy, William Francis (1923 - 1953)

MRCS and FRCS 13 December 1951; MB BS Sydney 1945; MD 1950.

Anatomist and Orthopaedic surgeon


Born in Australia in 1923, he was educated at Sydney University. He qualified in 1945 and held resident posts for two years at the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital. He next held a teaching fellowship in the Anatomy School of the University, taking his doctorate with a thesis on the role of the vertebral veins.

He came to England in 1950 and was appointed house surgeon to the Infirmary at Derby; after taking the Fellowship in December 1951, he was promoted orthopaedic registrar. Promise of a distinguished career was cut short by illness. He flew back to his home in Australia, and died there in 1953 at the age of 30.

Sources used to compile this entry: [J Bone Jt Surg 1954, 36 B, 506 with portrait, and appreciations by HRTH and RGP].

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