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Biographical entry Edwards, Lynn Euryl (1939 - 1991)

MRCS 1964; FRCS 1969; MB BChir Cambridge 1964; MChir 1975; FRCS Ed 1969.

12 April 1939
25 June 1991
Urological surgeon


Lynn Edwards was born in Gorseinon on 12 April 1939, the son of a lecturer in the Smith Reardon Nautical College. He was educated at Cardiff High School for Boys from which he won a state scholarship and an open exhibition to Downing College Cambridge. There he rowed and played rugby football, and won the Philliter Entrance Scholarship in pathology to University College Hospital Medical School. At UCH while he continued to play the piano and rugby football and to row, he managed to find time to qualify with a distinction in surgery, win prizes in medicine, obstetrics and surgery, gain the Aicheson Exhibition, and to woo Elinor, the nurse who became his wife. After junior posts at UCH and its associated hospitals, where he fell under the spell of his fellow-Welshman D R Davies, he passed the FRCS and was appointed a clinical assistant at St Peter's Hospital to Alec Badenoch and John Blandy. This led to the coveted post of senior registrar, which carried him on rotation through all the hospitals of the Institute of Urology, and culminated in the appointment as lecturer and research fellow. During these years he carried out fruitful and original research into the mechanisms of continence which gained him a Hunterian professorship and his Cambridge MChir. His first consultant post was at the Middlesex Hospital in 1975. He moved on to the Westminster Hospital in 1977 where he had to overcome many administrative obstacles before he was able to build up a first-rate specialised urological department. His career was not without pitfalls: in 1969 Lynn diagnosed his own seminoma. The standard treatment of the day cured him but twenty years later, not coincidentally, he developed a second primary carcinoma of the bowel which led to his death.

A man of exceptional charm, Lynn was quietly passionate about many things: his native language, music, his Christian faith, rowing, rugby, freemasonry and good fellowship. Nothing gave him so much pleasure as to take part in the Royal National Eisteddfod, in whose Gorsedd he was not only an active member but an honorary bard of the White Order. A popular teacher, he was president of the boat club and rugby football club of the medical school. In urology he was a shrewd and active innovator. He was only 51 when he died, leaving a wife, three sons and one daughter.

Sources used to compile this entry: [R H Phillips. Tribute to Lynn Edwards, 1 October 1991; Christian Medical Fellowship Newsletter, October 1991, p 7. Downing College Association Newsletter and College Record 1993, pp 42-3].

The Royal College of Surgeons of England