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Biographical entry Strachan, Gilbert Innes (1888 - 1963)

CBE 1953; MRCS and FRCS 8 December 1921; FRCSEd.1921; MROG foundation 1929; FRCOG 1931; MRCP 1916; FRCP 1931; MB ChB Glasgow 1910; MD 1912; Hon LLD 1954.

7 August 1888
9 December 1963
Obstetrician and gynaecologist


Born on 7 August 1888 he was educated at Glasgow High School and Glasgow University. Qualifying in 1910 he became house surgeon and then resident gynaecological officer at Western Infirmary, Glasgow, followed by a period as house surgeon at Glasgow Maternity Hospital, as house physician at Bristol Royal Infirmary and then as house surgeon at Glasgow Hospital for Sick Children. For a time he acted as demonstrator of anatomy at Glasgow University. During the war of 1914-18 he was commissioned as Captain RAMC and attached to the 3rd Western General Hospital at Cardiff.

After the war he worked as a research pathologist under the Medical Research Council investigating the pathology of still births. In 1921 he was appointed assistant lecturer in midwifery, under the Midwives Act, in University College of South Wales and Monmouthshire and senior assistant to the Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology in the Welsh National School of Medicine. Later appointments were those of consulting gynaecologist to Penarth and District Hospital, assistant gynaecologist to Cardiff Royal Infirmary and gynaecologist to Cardiff City Mental Hospital. Subsequently he was consulting obstetrician and gynaecologist to Cardiff Royal Infirmary, to Llandough Hospital, to Mountain Ash Hospital, and to Abertillery and District Hospital.

In 1932 he became Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology in the Welsh National School of Medicine. A lifelong supporter of the BMA, he was secretary of the Cardiff Branch in 1922-29, its chairman in 1930-31, President of the South Wales and Monmouthshire Division in 1937-38, and finally Vice-President of the Association. He was President of the Section of Obstetrics of the Royal Society of Medicine in 1951-52, and an examiner for the College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, the Conjoint Board and the Universities of Wales, Birmingham, Bristol and Oxford.

A notable collector of Spode and Chinese porcelain, he was deeply interested in music. In 1920 he married Olive Andrews by whom he had a son. He died in Cardiff on 9 December 1963 aged 75.

Sources used to compile this entry: [The Times, memorial service only, 21 December 1963, p 8 c; Brit med J 1963, 2, 1594 with portrait and appreciations by Sir Tudor Thomas, J R Nicolson-Lailey and R G Maliphant; Lancet 1963, 2, 1337 with portrait and appreciations by RGM and THS].

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