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Sir Charles Illingworth
Sir Charles Illingworth

Sir Charles Frederick William Illingworth (1899-1991) was Regius Professor of Surgery, 1939 to 1964. He was a founder of the medical research charity Tenovus-Scotland and the Illingworth Prize is named for him.

Born in Halifax in Yorkshire, Illingworth studied Medicine at the University of Edinburgh. His studies were interrupted by war service - he served as a pilot from 1916 to 1918 and was briefly a prisoner-of-war in Bavaria - but he graduated MB, ChB in 1922. He was a clinical tutor to the distinguished surgeon Sir David Wilkie in Edinburgh before his appointment to the Chair in Glasgow in 1939, working at the Western Infirmary.

Illingworth was one of the most famous and skilled surgeons of his day and he played a major role in establishing the University's high reputation in the practice and teaching of surgery after the Second World War. He was awarded a CBE in 1946, a knighthood in 1961 and was Honorary Surgeon to the Queen, 1961 to 1965.


Sir Charles Illingworth

Born 8 May 1899, Halifax, England.
Died 23 February 1991.
GU Degree:
University Link: Dean of Faculties, Professor
Occupation categories: surgeons
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Record last updated: 21st Feb 2017

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