Nottingham Hospitals History



(1911 to 1986)

President of the Nottingham Medico-Chirurgical Society

1967 - 1968

Paul Cowell Barkla, V.R.D.:- 37, Private Road, Sherwood Nottingham. (Consulting Rooms) 9, Regent Street, Nottingham. M.B., Ch.B., Edinburgh, 1933; F.R.C.S., Edinburgh, 1937; F.R.C.O.G., 1957; M. 1939; (Edinburgh) J.P.. Obstetric and Gynaecologist, Women’s Hospital, Nottingham and City Hospital, Nottingham. Gynaecologist, Newark Hospital and Ilkeston General Hospital. Member of the North of England Obstetric and Gynaecologist Society and the Birmingham and Midland Obstetric and Gynaecologist Society. Late:- Surgeon , Lt Commander, R.N.V.R. (Retired). External Examiner Obstetric and Gynaecologist, University’s of Manchester Sheffield. House Surgeon, Royal Maternity Hospital, Edinburgh.

Medical Directory 1968.


Paul Cowell Barkla came from a distinguished family: his father was professor of physics at Edinburgh University and won the Nobel Prize. Paul had a spectacular athletics record as a student and took part in the University Olympics in Darmstart. He graduated M.D., Ch.B., at Edinburgh in 1933 and moved in 1939 to Nottingham, where he was to spend the rest of his professional life, apart from six years during the war when he served with the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve. He was appointed consultant at the City and Women's Hospitals in 1948 and retired in 1975. He took a full part in the life of both hospitals and was chairman of the group medical executive committee. He was also President of the Nottingham Medico-Chirurgical Society between 1967/68. Outside medicine he retained an interest in matters naval, supporting the local sea cadets and the Royal National Lifeboat Institution, of which he was the local president. He became a magistrate in 1963.

Paul Cowell Barkla was considered a very kind and compassionate man who loved other peoples company and was thoughtful and generous in his invitation to others; he received excellent support from his wife Elenor. He was considerate to his patients and junior medical staff and his concern for others was expressed in his “Save the Children” movement. He had a great sense of humour and a remarkable ability to coin an amusing phrase or recount a stimulating anecdote. Everyone was relaxed and at ease in his company, and ward rounds were enlivening. He had a remarkable ability to interpret other people’s reactions in the best possible light. This, together with his attractive personality and technical competence, made him a very capable chairman of committees. Among a gathering of colleagues he was always a uniter and a peacemaker.

B.M.J., Volume 292. 12th April, 1986. Page 1022, 1023.