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Identity statement

Reference code(s)
GB0100 TH/PP53
ROBINSON, Ronald Henry Ottywell Betham (1896-1973)
Level of description
Collection (fonds)
Extent and medium of the unit of description (quantity, bulk, or size)
1 volume, 2 files


Name of creator(s)

Robinson, Ronald Henry Ottywell Betham, 1896-1973, surgeon

Administrative / Biographical history

R H O B Robinson was born on 16 May 1896, the son of Henry Betham Robinson, MD, MS, FRCS. He was educated at Malvern College; King's College, Cambridge (Senior Scholar); St Thomas's Hospital (University Scholar). He was awarded MA, MB, BCh, FRCS. He served as Temporary Surgeon Lt Cdr, RNVR during World War One; Member of International Society of Urology; President of the British Association of Urological Surgeons; Honorary Secretary, Royal Society of Medicine; Fellow, Association of Surgeons; Member, Society of Thoracic Surgeons; Arris and Gale Lecturer, Royal College of Surgeons; Member, Council, and Chairman, Court of Examiners, Royal College of Surgeons (Eng.); Examiner in Surgery, Universities of Cambridge and Malaya. He was also Senior Surgeon and Urologist, St Thomas's Hospital London, and Consultant Urologist, Ministry of Pensions and St Helier Hospital, Sutton. He was married to Audrey Walker. He died 6 February 1973. Publications: (with William Richard Le Fanu) Lives of Fellows of College of Surgeons , Edinburgh & London: E. & S. Livingstone 1970; articles on Surgery and Urology in textbooks and journals.

Archival history

Acquired by St Thomas's Hospital Medical School Library

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Transferred from St Thomas' Hospital Medical School Library in 2002

Content & structure

Scope and content

Papers of Ronald Henry Ottywell Betham Robinson including notebook containing loose typescript and manuscript notes on botany and anatomy, some appear to be of lectures given by Robinson; copy of the Ridgeway Trimble lecture by Robinson; Robinson's St Thomas's Hospital Medical College certificate of honour with the University Scholarship, 1917; two letters addressed to 'Joey' from 'Pasty' - apparently letters from Mr Barnett to Robinson, 1935, concerning various medical cases; letters from S G Shattock (1852-1924), 1920, (undated) related to various specimens; also letter form G D Thane (1850-1930), concerning a licence for experimentation on animals (undated).

System of arrangement

Arranged as outlined in the Scope and Content

Conditions of access & use

Conditions governing access

Open, subject to signature of Reader's undertaking form, and appropriate provision of two forms of identification, to include one photographic ID.

Conditions governing reproduction

Copies, subject to the condition of the original, may be supplied for research use only. Requests to publish original material should be submitted to the Director of Archive and Corporate Record Services.

Language/scripts of material


Finding aids

This collection level description.

Allied materials

Existence and location of originals

King's College London College Archives

Description control

Archivist's Note

Sources: Who's Who 1897-1996 CD-ROM (A & C Black); British Library Public On-line Catalogue.

Rules or conventions

Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal Place and Corporate Names 1997.

This catalogue is made available under the Open Data Commons Attribution License. This catalogue may be updated from time to time in order to reflect additional material and/or new understandings of the material.

Date(s) of descriptions

Compiled by Alison Field, January 2004

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  • Anatomy
  • Biology
  • Botany
  • Higher science education
  • Medical education

Personal names

  • Robinson, Ronald Henry Ottywell Betham, 1896-1973, Surgeon

Corporate names

  • King's College London College Archives
  • St Thomas' Hospital Medical School, London
  • St Thomas' Hospital, London

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