A "godfather" of robotic surgery
John Wickham worked at Bart’s and at The Institute of Urology, London. He was a pioneer of PCNL and laparoscopic urology.
He is generally regarded as the "godfather" of robotic urological surgery, having designed the first autonomous TURP robot in the 1980s.
He died from heart disease on 26 October 2017. His obituary was published in The Times on 11 November 2017 but is only available on subscription.
In 2011, he was interviewed by Dominic Hodgson for a series called "Standing on the shoulders of giants", published in the British Journal of Medical & Surgical Urology (now, the Journal of Clinical Urology). A full text of the interview can be read online by clicking here or downloaded as a PDF by clicking here.
Listen to John Wickham talking about early experiments with lasers & ureteroscopes
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