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Biographical entry Potts, Ian Faulkner (1921 - 1996)

MB BS Sydney 1944; FRCS 1950; MS 1952; FRACS 1956.

30 September 1921
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
8 October 1996
New South Wales, Australia


Ian Potts was a consultant urologist in Sydney. He was born in Sydney on 30 September 1921, the son of Theodore Kenneth Potts and Violet Mary Potts née Canning. His father, uncle, brother, nephew and cousin were all doctors. He was educated at Newington College, where he was dux, and then went on to study medicine at Sydney University. He won the Renwick prize and qualified in 1944.

From 1944 to 1947 he served as a captain in the Royal Australasian Medical Corps. He was a resident medical officer and then senior medical officer at the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Sydney. From 1951 to 1986 he was an honorary urologist at Sydney Hospital, from 1954 to 1982 at the Women's Hospital and from 1982 to 1986 at the Prince Henry Hospital. He was also a lecturer in urology at Sydney University. From 1979 to 1982 he was an honorary urologist for the Royal Australasian Navy.

Outside medicine he played squash and tennis, and enjoyed wine, fast cars, Eastern antiques, gardening and travel.

In 1944, he married Judy Barraclough. They had two sons and divorced in 1968. Ian Faulkner Potts died on 8 October 1996 at the age of 75.

Sarah Gillam

The Royal College of Surgeons of England