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Leslie Pyrah


1899 - 1995

Summarised from Parr's "Lives of the Fellows Online"

Leslie Norman Pyrah was born at Farnley near Leeds on 11 April 1899, the son of a headmistress. He was educated at Leeds Central High School and served in the army during the final stages of the first world war. He then read medicine at Leeds University, interrupting his course to take an honours degree in physiology. On qualification he did a wide variety of resident training posts during the next five years, notably with Berkeley Moynihan at the Leeds General Infirmary, where he became Surgical Tutor. In 1932, he secured a travelling scholarship to visit urological centres in Berlin, Vienna, Copenhagen, Innsbruck and Paris, and was then appointed Assistant Surgeon to the Leeds Infirmary and Public Dispensary in 1934. 

In 1948 he was elected to the council of the British Association of Urological Surgeons (BAUS) which had only formed three years earlier. He then co-founded the Urological Club, comprising urologists from the teaching hospitals. His consuming interest in urology led him to give up his general surgical practice and start a department of urology in Leeds. By 1956, he was appointed Professor of Urological Surgery and became director of the Medical Research Council Unit in Leeds. He was President of the Urological Section of the Royal Society of Medicine in 1958, President of BAUS from 1961 to 1963, a member of College Council from 1960 to 1968 and was appointed CBE in 1963.

He died on 30 April 1995.

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