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Wellcome Institute for the History of Medicine

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Parent institution
Wellcome Trust

Wellcome Building, 183 Euston Road, London NW1 2BE, London, United Kingdom

The Wellcome Institute for the History of Medicine (1968–1999) was a London centre for the study and teaching of medical history. It consisted of the Wellcome Library and an Academic Unit. The former was and is a world-class library collection owned and managed by the Wellcome Trust and staffed by librarians including academic librarians who held honorary lectureships at University College London. The Academic Unit was a group of university staff appointed at University College London that conducted a program of university teaching, thesis supervision, seminars, conferences and publications.


Directors of the Wellcome Historical Medical Museum and of the Wellcome Institute for the History of Medicine

  • 1913-1936 Henry S. Wellcome, LLD, DSc, FRS (Founder and Director)
  • 1913-1925 C.J.S. Thompson, MBE (Curator)
  • 1925-1934 L.W.G. Malcolm, MSc, PhD, FRSE (Conservator)
  • 1934-1947 PJ. Johnston-Saint, MA, FRSE (Conservator)
  • 1941-1945 S.H. Daukes, OBE, MD
  • 1946-1964 E.A. Underwood, MD, FRCP
  • 1964-1973 F.N.L. Poynter, BA, PhD, Hon MD, FLA
  • 1973-1979 E. Clarke, MD, FRCP
  • 1980-1981 Prof. A.R. Hall, MA, LittD, FBA (Chairman)
  • 1981-1983 P.O. Williams, MB, FRCP
  • 1983-1987 Prof. William Paton, CBE, DM, FRCP, FRS
  • Librarians

  • 1900-1913 C.J.S. Thompson
  • 1913-1918 T.W. Huck, FLA
  • 1919-1921 C.C. Barnard, MLA
  • 1921-1925 W.R.B. Prideaux, BA, FLA
  • 1925-1931 C.R. Hewitt, FLA
  • 1932-1946 S.A.J. Moorat, MA, DipLib
  • 1946-1953 W.J. Bishop, FLA
  • 1954-1964 F.N.L. Poynter, BA, PhD, Hon MD, FLA
  • 1964-1973 E. Gaskell, BA, ALA
  • 1973-1996 E.J. Freeman, BA, ALA
  • 1996–2004 David Pearson
  • In 1999 the Wellcome Institute for the History of Medicine was terminated, and in its place two new organisations were created: The Wellcome Library and the Wellcome Trust Centre for the History of Medicine at UCL. The following persons succeeded David Pearson as Librarians of the Wellcome Library.

  • 2004--2009 Frances Norton
  • 2010-2014 Simon Chaplin
  • 2015- Robert Kiley (acting)
  • Academic Unit in 1992

  • William Bynum MA MD PhD MRCP (Head) Allen MA PhD (Life Sciences)
  • Janet Browne MA PhD (Life Sciences)
  • Lawrence Conrad PhD (Islamic Medicine)
  • Christopher Lawrence MB ChB PhD (Clinical Medicine)
  • Michael Neve MA PhD (Human Biology)
  • Vivian Nutton MA PhD (Classical Medicine)
  • Roy Porter MA PhD (Social History of Medicine)
  • Elizabeth (Tilli) Tansey BSc PhD (Modern Medical Science)
  • Andrew Wear BA MSc PhD (Early Modern Medicine)
  • References

    Wellcome Institute for the History of Medicine Wikipedia

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