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Biographical entry Higham, Anthony Richard Charles (1907 - 1975)

TD 1945; MRCS 1930; FRCS 1932; MB BS London 1931; LRCP 1930.

11 June 1907
Murree, Punjab, India
13 June 1975
Storrington, West Sussex
Urological surgeon


Anthony Richard Charles Higham was born at Murree, Punjab, on 11 June, 1907, eldest son of Lieutenant-Colonel B Higham, CIE, IMS, and Florence Parsons, whose father was acting Governor of Madras Presidency. He was educated at Epsom College, 1919-24, King's College, University of London, 1924-27 and St George's Hospital, 1927-32. At St George's he won a senior university scholarship, the Pollock Prize and Webb Prize. After house appointments at St George's Hospital, he became surgical registrar at Charing Cross, 1934-36, and surgeon at St Paul's Hospital in 1939 and urologist to Queen Mary's Hospital, E15.

He was Dean of the Institute of Urology from 1951 to 1967 and a foundation member of the British Association of Urological Surgeons. He was a member of the International Society of Urology and Council Member of the Urological Section of the Royal Society of Medicine.

Higham was a most enthusiastic and active soldier being commissioned RA (TA) in 1927 and transferred to the RAMC (TA) in 1930. He served in the second world war in the UK, Africa, Iraq, Sicily and Italy (acting Colonel OC 22nd General Hospital, 1945). He was awarded the TD in 1945 and the Polish Golden Cross of Merit (with swords) in 1948.

He married Mary, daughter of I W.Shepley of Glossop in 1931. His wife died in 1970, leaving two sons. He listed Rugby football, photography and motor sport as his chief extra-curricular activities. He was a member of the RAC Club and continued to play squash with the professionals long after his peers had abandoned this activity! Higham retired from urological practice in 1974 and lived in Storrington, West Sussex, where he died on 13 June, 1975, aged 68.

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