Elected: 1970
Discipline: Clinical Sciences
Professor Francis John Gillingham CBE MBE FRSE
Born in Dorchester, England, on 15 March 1916, Francis John Gillingham, or John as he preferred, was educated at The Thomas Hardye School, Dorchester, Dorset and studied medicine at London University and St.Barthomolomew’s Hospital, where he won prizes in surgery and obstetrics. After graduation, he joined the Royal Army Medical Corp and was deployed for 18 months in Sir Hugh Cairns’ ‘crash course’ in all aspects of neurological trauma. Gillingham later became commanding officer of the number 4 Neurological Surgical Unit in the Middle East and Italy – the ‘Nomadic Surgeons’.

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