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Biographical entry Hollands, Frank Gordon (1912 - 1985)

FRCS ad eundum 1973; MB BS London 1936; FRCS Ed 1947.

5 October 1912
Bakewell, Derbyshire
29 January 1985
General surgeon and Urological surgeon


Frank Gordon Hollands was born in Bakewell, Derbyshire on 5 October 1912, and received his medical education at St Bartholomew's Hospital where he graduated in 1936. He served in the RNVR during the war and was then appointed surgical registrar to the United Birmingham Hospitals. He took the Edinburgh Fellowship in 1947 and the same year was awarded the Jacksonian Prize. He held a Hunterian Professorship of the Royal College of Surgeons of England in 1950 for work on bladder cancer. He moved to Derby in 1947 and was appointed consultant surgeon with a major interest in urology to the Derby Hospital Group. He was also a member of the British Association of Urological Surgeons and the International Society of Urology. In 1973 he was awarded the FRCS ad eundum.

Gordon Hollands was a keen sportsman and an outstanding ornithologist and cine-photographer. He was a founder member of both the hospital cricket team and the Derby Ornithological Society. He won national acclaim for his excellent films on birds and nature subjects, including a BBC prize film on golden eagles, and he lectured extensively to societies all over the country. He also used his photographic skills in forming a tape-slide library for postgraduate teaching in the Trent Region and for several years before his retirement he was responsible for this service which was widely used in postgraduate teaching.

He died on 29 January 1985, and was survived by his wife Pat and five children, one of whom is a GP in Dorset, and another a veterinary surgeon.

Sources used to compile this entry: [Brit med J 1985, 290, 1755].

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