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Geoffrey D Chisholm


1931 - 1994

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

Geoffrey Duncan Chisholm was born on 30 September 1931 at Hawera, North Island New Zealand, the third son of Arthur Chisholm, manager of the Meat Board, and his wife Ellen Marion, née Friston. He was educated at Scots College, Wellington, Malvern College, Worcester, and St Andrew's University, graduating in medicine in 1955. His house posts and his registrarships in general surgery were at the London, Connaught and Hammersmith Hospitals.

In 1961 he was awarded the British Postgraduate Federation Travelling Fellowship to Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, working with WW Scott. He returned to the Hammersmith as Senior Registrar in urology and, in 1967, was appointed Consultant and Lecturer to the Royal Postgraduate Medical School, and later to St Peter's Hospital.

In 1977, he was invited to take the Chair in Edinburgh, as Consultant Urologist to the Western General Hospital and Director of the Nuffield Transplant Unit. He held the joint editorship, with Sir David Innes Williams, of the Scientific Foundation of Urology, and, from 1977 to 1993, was editor of the British Journal of Urology.

He was awarded many honours, including the St Peter's Medal from BAUS, the Silver Medal of the Danish Surgical Society, the Willy Gregoir Medal from the EAU and, in his last year, the Bodo Van Garelts Memorial Lecture in Stockholm. In 1992, he was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire.

He died on 10 November 1994, aged 63, from a carcinoid tumour.

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