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Biographical entry Sharp, Henry Sutcliffe (1910 - 1984)

MRCS 1935; FRCS 1939; MB BCh Cambridge 1936; LRCP 1935.

17 November 1984
ENT surgeon


Henry Sutcliffe Sharp was born in Leeds in 1910 into a distinguished medical family. He was educated at Haileybury and Caius College, Cambridge, whence he graduated MB, BCh in 1936 having obtained the Conjoint Diploma in the previous year. After holding junior appointments at St Thomas's Hospital, London, and the General Hospital at Nottingham he became a Fellow in 1939. After the outbreak of war he joined the RAMC and served with the rank of Major as a specialist in diseases of the ear, nose and throat, initially in the Middle East, including Crete, and subsequently in the Head Injuries Unit at Oxford. After demobilisation he was appointed a consultant surgeon to the ear, nose and throat departments of the Hospital for Sick Children, Great Ormond Street, Charing Cross Hospital and Putney Hospital. His main interest was paediatric otolaryngology and he was a pioneer in the reconstruction of the auditory passages in childhood. He retired from his hospital appointments in December 1975 and sadly in the latter years of his life chronic illness greatly curtailed his interests, especially golf which was his main hobby.

He was twice married and died on 17 November 1984 survived by three sons, one of whom is a doctor.

Sources used to compile this entry: [The Times 27 November 1984; Brit med J 1984, 289, 1548].

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