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Biographical entry Wilson, Geoffrey (1923 - 1989)

MRCS and FRCS 1952; MB ChB Leeds 1947.

13 February 1923
Silsden, Yorkshire
23 April 1989
General surgeon and Vascular surgeon


Geoffrey Wilson, the son of Norman Wilson, a manufacturing mild owner, and of Gertie Wilson (née Green), was born at Silsden, Yorkshire, on 13 February 1923. He was educated at Keighley Boys' Grammar School and Leeds University Medical School, graduating with honours in 1947. He then served as house surgeon and junior receiving room officer in the Leeds General Infirmary before doing his two years of national service in the RAMC. On demobilisation with the rank of Captain he became an anatomy demonstrator in the University of Leeds from 1950 to 1951. He was senior house surgeon in general surgery at St James's Hospital, Leeds, for a year and then registrar in general surgery at the same hospital for two years. This was followed by a year as registrar in genitourinary surgery at St James's and the General Infirmary. Having been senior registrar in general surgery at the Leeds. Infirmary from 1955 to 1958, he was then senior registrar on the surgical professorial unit at St Mary's Hospital, London, (to gain further vascular experience) followed by a senior registrarship in thoracic surgery at Leeds, each appointment being held for six months before becoming surgical tutor in Leeds. In November 1960 he was appointed consultant surgeon to St James's University Hospital, and to Chapel Allerton Hospital.

Geoffrey Wilson introduced vascular surgery into the eastern district of Leeds and was an enthusiastic teacher of both undergraduates and postgraduates. His style was dogmatic, and a surgical principle enunciated or demonstrated by him was never likely to be forgotten. He was a member of the Association of Surgeons of Great Britain and Ireland and also of the Leeds and West Riding Medico-Chirurgical Society. He published a few papers on electrolyte balance and nutrition and several on vascular subjects. Despite a large hospital and private practice he had many interests outside surgery, notably deep water sailing and gardening, and he was always a handy man around the house. He married Audrey Mitchell, a state registered nurse, on 5 October 1948, and they had three daughters, the eldest of whom also trained as a nurse. When he died on 23 April 1989, aged 66, he was survived by his daughters and by his wife who had cared for him during his last illness.

Sources used to compile this entry: [Brit med J 1989, 299, 49].

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