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Biographical entry Moffatt, Paul McGregor (1899 - 1963)

MRCS 8 November 1923; FRCS 9 December 1937; LRCP 1923; MRCP 1933; DOMS 1932; MB BS London 1924; MD 1933; DPH 1930.

1 March 1899
Dalston, Cumberland
27 August 1963
Ophthalmic surgeon


Born on 1 March 1899 in Dalston, Cumberland, he found himself involved at a tender age in the war of 1914-18 during which he served in minesweepers of the Royal Navy, mostly in the Mediterranean. On demobilisation he decided to take up medicine and entered the medical school of Guy's Hospital. After qualifying he spent four years in general practice in Lancashire with his elder brother. He then took a bold decision and returning to London became a house surgeon at the Royal Westminster Ophthalmic Hospital, later becoming registrar there and also at Guy's.

After being admitted a Fellow he was appointed assistant surgeon to the Royal Westminster Ophthalmic in 1938, becoming full surgeon in 1943 and on the amalgamation with Moorfields and the Central London Ophthalmic he was made a member of the Committee of Management. He was also Ophthalmic surgeon to the West London and to Hammersmith Hospitals. He established the first visual aids clinic at Moorfields, worked for the National Institute for the Blind, and was author of Aids to Ophthalmology 11th edition 1957.

A man of high integrity, he found considerable value from his earlier experience in general practice. Fond of salmon fishing in the Tay, Tweed and Derwent, he died suddenly while on a fishing holiday near Cockermouth on 27 August 1963. He also was much interested in art, particularly painting.

Sources used to compile this entry: [The Times 30 August 1963 p 10 e and 19 September p 14 b memorial service; Lancet 1963, 2, 529; Brit med J 1963, 2, 627 appreciation by F R and C Dee Shapland, and p 691 by J H Mcllroy; Brit J Ophthal 1963, 47, 704].

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