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Biographical entry Morley, George Henry (1907 - 1971)

CBE 1961; CB 1968; MRCS 1929; FRCS 1935; LRCP 1929.

22 February 1907
26 May 1971
Plastic surgeon


Air Vice-Marshal George Henry Morley was born at Portsmouth on 22 February 1907. He went to the Middlesex Hospital Medical School where he qualified with the Conjoint Diploma in 1929. After house appointments he joined the RAF medical service in 1934 and took the FRCS the following year.

In 1940 Morley went to the Queen Victoria Hospital, East Grinstead, where he worked under Sir Archibald Mclndoe and so laid the foundations of his outstanding career as a plastic surgeon with a special interest in the treatment of burns. In 1941 he was appointed to the burns centre at the RAF Hospital, Ely where he spent the next four years. In 1945 he went out to India for a year, returning to Halton where in 1940 he was appointed RAF specialist in plastic surgery.

Morley's distinguished service was recognized by his appointment as honorary surgeon to the Queen in 1958, and by the award of the CBE in 1961, and the CB in 1968. In 1961 he was elected President of the British Association of Plastic Surgeons, and in 1962 he gave the first Mclndoe Memorial Lecture at the Royal College of Surgeons. In 1966 he was made the senior consultant to the RAF.

Apart from these professional achievements Morley will be remembered with gratitude by many of his patients and his colleagues for his kindly consideration, and for his dedication to his work and his high principles. In 1944 he married Kathleen Green and they had one son and one daughter. He died suddenly while on holiday in Cornwall on 26 May 1971.

Sources used to compile this entry: [The Times 28 May 1971; Brit med J 1971, 2, 594; and 716].

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