• Crest of the Royal College of Surgeons of England

Plarr’s Lives of the Fellows is a biographical register of the fellows of the Royal College of Surgeons of England. With over 6000 obituaries now available online, and more being added every month, it not only serves as a record of the evolution of surgery, but also an important archive for English social history. Victor Plarr (1863-1929), who was the college librarian from 1897 until his death, produced the first two printed volumes which were published after his death.

The ninth printed volume of the Lives was published in 2005, taking the total number of printed biographies published to over 7600, covering all those fellows (FRCS) who were known to have died between 1844 and 2002.

The Lives of the Fellows team has uploaded online entries for all those fellows who have died since 2002, and continue to add entries for newly deceased fellows on a monthly basis.

New for 2015

Records for all deceased former presidents of the Royal College of Surgeons and all biographies from the printed volumes one, two, three, four and five are now available online. The Lives of the Fellows team is currently busy adding entries from volume six (1974-82).

If you are a current fellow and would like to provide us with updated details of your career, please send us a CV or fill in a Lives of the Fellows form (DOC format, PDF format) and return it to the college.

Are you interested in writing a fellow’s obituary? For author instructions and advice please email lives@rcseng.ac.uk

If you would like to report the death of a fellow please email the membership department membership@rcseng.ac.uk

If you notice a factual error with any of the online obituaries please take a look at the Lives of the Fellows amendment policy for information and advice.

Lives of the Fellows editorial team

  • Sir Barry Jackson FRCS (Chairman)
  • Mr Chris Russell FRCS (Honorary Editor)

If you have any questions about the Lives of the Fellows, please email lives@rcseng.ac.uk