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Biographical entry Lambert, Victor Francis (1899 - 1981)

FRCS ad eundem 1949; MB ChB Manchester 1923; ChM 1932; MD 1940; FRCS Ed 1927.

12 August 1899
8 June 1981
ENT surgeon


Born on August 12, 1899 at Chequerbent, Bolton, he went to Bolton School and on leaving in 1917 he joined the army being accepted for service in the Inns of Court Officers' Training Corps. He became a Second Lieutenant in the Royal Artillery and on demobilization in 1919 he entered Manchester University and qualified in 1923. He served as a house surgeon at the Manchester Royal Infirmary and there came under the influence of Sir William Milligan who was the founder of the department of ear, nose and throat surgery; from then on he was to make this speciality his life's work. He became an excellent anatomist, especially of the ear and larynx and started research in those fields working with J S Fraser on otology at the Edinburgh Royal Infirmary and obtaining his FRCS Ed in 1927. He then returned to Manchester with the appointment of assistant surgeon in the ear, nose and throat department and honorary surgeon to the Victoria Memorial Jewish Hospital, Manchester.

Victor Lambert soon built up a fine reputation for his skilful surgery, kind and considerate approach to patients and excellent teaching ability. In 1932 he obtained the ChM of Manchester and in 1934 was appointed honorary laryngologist to the Manchester Royal Infirmary. He remained in these two appointments until his retirement, pursuing his researches into malignant disease of the upper respiratory tract, work for which he was internationally respected. After the war he was appointed Professor of Otolaryngology in the University, the first such appointment to be made in the United Kingdom. In 1949 he was elected FRCS ad eundem.

Lambert was a man of high academic achievement and outstanding ability; with his warm personality and kindness he built a very happy department. He always remained devoted to his old chief Sir William Milligan and in later years came to bear a strong facial resemblance to him. He was a member of the Court of Examiners of the College and an external examiner to the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh and of the National University of Ireland. He was keenly interested in music and singing and was laryngologist to the Royal Manchester College of Music.

He had many interests, was greatly involved in all sorts of sport and in addition, was a director of the English Sewing Cotton Company and a governor of his old school. His first wife, Myra died in 1950; they had a son and daughter. In 1954 he married Margaret and they had one daughter. In later years he suffered increasingly from ill health and he died aged 81 on 8 June 1981.

Sources used to compile this entry: [The Times 10 June 1981; Brit med J 1981, 283, 565; Daily Telegraph 11 June 1981].

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