OBITUARY: Professor Andrew Wilkinson

Share
Related Topics
Andrew Wilkinson, Emeritus Professor of Paediatric Surgery at the Hospital for Sick Children, Great Ormond Street, in London, and former President of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, was a man who was large in every way - in his physique, in his enjoyment of life and in his contributions to surgery.

Wilkinson was a product of the Edinburgh University Medical School and the Edinburgh School of Surgery. After specialising in surgery he served in the Royal Army Medical Corps from 1942 to 1946. He returned to Edinburgh to the Department of Surgery, and then moved to Aberdeen as Senior Lecturer in 1953.

In 1958, he was appointed the first Nuffield Professor of Paediatric Surgery at Great Ormond Street - the first chair of Paediatric Surgery in the United Kingdom. Wilkinson's paediatric surgical experience in Edinburgh and Aberdeen differed considerably from that of his new and highly specialised colleagues, but his extensive general experience and his contributions to research enabled him to establish firmly the reputation of his new department. He gathered round him trainees from Europe, Scandinavia, the Far East, Australia and North and South America.

Having served on the Executive Committee of the British Association of Paediatric Surgeons, Wilkinson was elected President for 1971 and 1972, and played a leading part in the formation of the Specialist Advisory Committee for Paediatric Surgery in the Joint Committee for Higher Specialist Training.

He was an honorary member of many overseas Surgical Associations and a loyal supporter of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh: he was elected to Council in 1964 and served until 1973, when he became Vice- President, and in 1976 was elected President. His presidency was a time of important developments in the college, among them the introduction of a searching assessment at the end of specialist training and the expansion of the college's facilities for Education and Training.

Wilkinson is perhaps best remembered as a stimulating teacher, both at the bedside and in the operating theatre, of undergraduate and of postgraduate trainees. His formal lectures, like his after-dinner speeches, were meticulously prepared and delivered.

Alan C. B. Dean

and James Lister

Andrew Wood Wilkinson, surgeon: born 19 April 1914; Syme Surgical Fellowship, Edinburgh University 1946-49, Senior University Clinical Tutor in Surgery 1946-51, Lecturer in Surgery 1951-53; Senior Lecturer in Surgery, Aberdeen University, and Assistant Surgeon, Royal Infirmary and Royal Aberdeen Hospital for Sick Children 1953-58; Surgeon, Hospital for Sick Children, Great Ormond Street 1958-95; Nuffield Professor of Paediatric Surgery, Institute of Child Health 1958-79 (Emeritus); Hunterian Professor, Royal College of Surgeons 1965; President, Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh 1976-79; CBE 1979; married 1941 Joan Sharp (deceased; two sons, two daughters); died Castle Douglas, Kirkcudbright 18 August 1995.

React Now

Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
iJobs Job Widget
iJobs General

Recruitment Genius: 2nd / 3rd Line IT Support Engineer - Managed Services Provider

£30000 - £37000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: A 2nd / 3rd Line IT Support Eng...

Recruitment Genius: UI / UX Designer

£25000 - £35000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This firm are focussed on assis...

Recruitment Genius: General Processor

£7 per hour: Recruitment Genius: A vacancy has arisen for a General Processor ...

Recruitment Genius: Outbound Sales Executive - B2B

£18000 - £22000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: A great opportunity has arisen ...

Day In a Page

Read Next
 

i Editor's Letter: Our representatives must represent us

Oliver Duff Oliver Duff
MP David Lammy would become the capital’s first black mayor if he won the 2016 Mayoral election  

Crime, punishment and morals: we’re entering a maze with no clear exit

Simon Kelner
War with Isis: Iraq's government fights to win back Tikrit from militants - but then what?

Baghdad fights to win back Tikrit from Isis – but then what?

Patrick Cockburn reports from Kirkuk on a conflict which sectarianism has made intractable
Living with Alzheimer's: What is it really like to be diagnosed with early-onset dementia?

What is it like to live with Alzheimer's?

Depicting early-onset Alzheimer's, the film 'Still Alice' had a profound effect on Joy Watson, who lives with the illness. She tells Kate Hilpern how she's coped with the diagnosis
The Internet of Things: Meet the British salesman who gave real-world items a virtual life

Setting in motion the Internet of Things

British salesman Kevin Ashton gave real-world items a virtual life
Election 2015: Latest polling reveals Tories and Labour on course to win the same number of seats - with the SNP holding the balance of power

Election 2015: A dead heat between Mr Bean and Dick Dastardly!

Lord Ashcroft reveals latest polling – and which character voters associate with each leader
Audiences queue up for 'true stories told live' as cult competition The Moth goes global

Cult competition The Moth goes global

The non-profit 'slam storytelling' competition was founded in 1997 by the novelist George Dawes Green and has seen Malcolm Gladwell, Salman Rushdie and Molly Ringwald all take their turn at the mic
Pakistani women come out fighting: A hard-hitting play focuses on female Muslim boxers

Pakistani women come out fighting

Hard-hitting new play 'No Guts, No Heart, No Glory' focuses on female Muslim boxers
Leonora Carrington transcended her stolid background to become an avant garde star

Surreal deal: Leonora Carrington

The artist transcended her stolid background to become an avant garde star
LGBT History Month: Pupils discuss topics from Sappho to same-sex marriage

Education: LGBT History Month

Pupils have been discussing topics from Sappho to same-sex marriage
11 best gel eyeliners

Go bold this season: 11 best gel eyeliners

Use an ink pot eyeliner to go bold on the eyes with this season's feline flicked winged liner
Cricket World Cup 2015: Tournament runs riot to make the event more hit than miss...

Cricket World Cup runs riot to make the event more hit than miss...

The tournament has reached its halfway mark and scores of 300 and amazing catches abound. One thing never changes, though – everyone loves beating England
Katarina Johnson-Thompson: Heptathlete ready to jump at first major title

Katarina Johnson-Thompson: Ready to jump at first major title

After her 2014 was ruined by injury, 21-year-old Briton is leading pentathlete going into this week’s European Indoors. Now she intends to turn form into gold
Syrian conflict is the world's first 'climate change war', say scientists, but it won't be the last one

Climate change key in Syrian conflict

And it will trigger more war in future
How I outwitted the Gestapo

How I outwitted the Gestapo

My life as a Jew in wartime Berlin
The nation's favourite animal revealed

The nation's favourite animal revealed

Women like cuddly creatures whilst men like creepy-crawlies
Is this the way to get young people to vote?

Getting young people to vote

From #VOTESELFISH to Bite the Ballot