WILLIAM ROBERT SMITH
President of the Nottingham Medico-
1914 to 1919.
William Robert Smith:-
Medical Directory 1919
Born at Honingham, Norfolk in 1869 he was educated at Bracondale School, Norwich and King’s College Hospital, which he entered with an exhibition, and won prizes and scholarships each year from 1887 to 1890. He qualified with the Conjoint Diploma and the London M.B. in 1892, took the B.S. in 1894, and gained the M.D. in 1895 and the Fellowship in 1896. After servicing as a house surgeon, house physician and medical registrar at King’s he settled in Nottingham where he made his career.
While senior house surgeon at the Nottingham General Hospital he installed the first Xray apparatus in 1896, year following Roentgen’s discovery. It was installed in a disused bathroom at a cost of £100 paid for by Sir Charles Seely, the chairman of the hospital. Later he introduced electric heating in the Women’s Hospital in place of coal fires previously used, even in the operating theatre
Smith settled in Beeston, near Nottingham in 1898 and was in general practice there for fifty years. He also specialised in midwifery and from 1903 was for thirty years surgeon to the Castle Gate Women’s Hospital, Nottingham. He was also surgeon to the Collins Maternity Hospital and consulting obstetrician to the Nottingham Corporation and the Nottinghamshire County Council
He was President of the Nottingham Medico-
Smith was a handsome man with a bustling walk, and smiling eyes and mouth which endeared him to all his patients. When he retired they gave him a handsome present which he spent on a tour of South Africa. He then settled in Sheringham, Norfolk living with a nephew and enjoying golf, bridge and gardening.
He was active an active Mason, and kept up life long friendships, among others with his contemporaries from medical school P. T. Beal F.R.C.S., whose father had been senior physician at King’s and John Wood M.R.C.S., son of the senior surgeon. Smith died on 6th February 1966 aged 96 years.
From the Lives of the Fellows of the Royal College of Surgeons.