Thornley Stoker

Last updated

Sir Thornley Stoker, 1st Bt. William Thornley Stoker.jpg
Sir Thornley Stoker, 1st Bt.

Sir William Thornley Stoker, 1st Baronet (6 March 1845 July 1912), was an Irish medical writer, anatomist and surgeon. He served as chair of anatomy and president of the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, president of the Royal Academy of Medicine in Ireland, and professor of anatomy at the Royal Hibernian Academy.

Contents

Life

His parents were Abraham Stoker (17991876), from Dublin, and the feminist Charlotte Mathilda Blake Thornley (18181901), baptized in St. Anne's Church, Ballyshannon Co. Donegal on 28 June 1818, [1] who was raised in Sligo Town. Charlotte's father, Thomas Thornley, came from Ballyshannon, a town in the south of County Donegal in Ulster. Stoker was the eldest of seven children and the brother of the writer Bram Stoker. He was educated at a private school in England and at the Royal College of Surgeons, Dublin, and Queen's College, Galway, where he obtained his M. D. degree in 1866. [2] During the later part of his life he lived at Ely House in Ely Place, Dublin, where he entertained many visitors, artists and writers. [3]

Medical career

Ely House on Ely Place Ely House, 8 Ely Place, Dublin, Ireland.jpg
Ely House on Ely Place

He began his career by teaching medicine. After a few years he was appointed surgeon to the Royal City of Dublin Hospital. In 1873 he moved on to the Richmond Hospital.

For several years from 1876 he held the chair of Anatomy at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, until his other interests became too pressing. From 1876 he was surgeon to Swift's Hospital (founded by Jonathan Swift), and a Governor of both it and the Richmond Hospital. Together with his brother-in-law and hospital colleague Richard Thomson he founded the school of nursing at the Richmond and oversaw the construction of the surgical facilities there in 1899. He succeeded Richard Thomson as Inspector of Vivisection for Ireland. [3]

All the time he was active in hospitals he was a frequent contributor to the Dublin Journal of Medical Science and similar journals on a variety of medical topics, but took a special interest in surgery of the spino-cerebral cavity. [2] He campaigned against the Workhouse system and cruelty to animals. [3]

In 1896 he became President of the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland and was from 1903 to 1906 President of the Royal Academy of Medicine. He was very interested in art. He was Professor of Anatomy at the Royal Hibernian Academy and a governor of the National Gallery of Ireland. [3] He resigned from many of his medical duties in 1910, due to fatigue. The following year he was created a baronet, of Hatch Street in the City of Dublin. He died in June 1912, aged 67, when the baronetcy became extinct.

References and sources

  1. "Births recorded in Ballyshannon (Kilbarron) C. Of I. 1785 - 1876". Ireland Genealogy Project Archives. Archived from the original on 23 October 2019. Retrieved 12 August 2021.
  2. 1 2 "Obituary, Issue Volume 134, Number 1 / July, 1912". Dublin: Dublin Journal of Medical Science. 1912: 76–80.Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  3. 1 2 3 4 "Obituary, 15 July, 1912". London: British Medical Journal. 1912: 1399.Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
Baronetage of the United Kingdom
New creation Baronet
(of Hatch Street)
1911–1912
Extinct

Related Research Articles

William Wilde Irish surgeon and writer

Sir William Robert Wills Wilde FRCSI was an Irish otolaryngologist and ophthalmologist, as well as an author of significant works on medicine, archaeology and folklore, particularly concerning his native Ireland. He was the father of Oscar Wilde.

Abraham Colles Irish doctor, academic, President of the RSCI

Abraham Colles was Professor of Anatomy, Surgery and Physiology at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) and the President of RCSI in 1802 and 1830. A prestigious Colles Medal & Travelling Fellowship in Surgery is awarded competitively annually to an Irish surgical trainee embarking on higher specialist training abroad before returning to establish practice in Ireland.

Robert Adams (physician) Irish surgeon and academic, President of the RCSI

Robert Adams was an Irish surgeon and was three times President of the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI), in 1840, 1860 and 1867.

Arthur Jacob

Arthur Jacob (1790–1874) was an Irish ophthalmologist. He is known for founding several hospitals, a medical school, and a medical journal. He contributed to science and academia through his 41-year term as Professor of Anatomy at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) and as the first Irish ocular pathologist. He was elected President of RCSI in 1837 and 1864.

Sir Henry Marsh, 1st Baronet

Sir Henry Marsh, 1st Baronet was an Irish physician and surgeon. He was born in Loughrea, County Galway in Ireland. He was one of the medical doctors associated with Basedow's syndrome, which is also known as Marsh's disease and currently as Graves' disease.

Thomas Hawkesworth Ledwich was an eminent Irish anatomist and surgeon.

Sir Philip Crampton, 1st Baronet Irish surgeon and anatomist, President of the RCSI

Sir Philip Crampton, 1st Baronet, MD MRCSI MRIA FRS was an eminent Irish surgeon and anatomist. He was President of the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) in 1811, 1820, 1844 and 1855.

Richard Carmichael MRCSI MRIA was an eminent Irish surgeon, medical writer and philanthropist.

James Little (physician)

James Little was an Irish medical practitioner. After spending an early part of his career as a ship's surgeon, surviving a shipwreck, he became chief physician at the Adelaide Hospital in Dublin and Regius Professor of Physic at the University of Dublin.

Hugh Lett

Sir Hugh Lett, 1st Baronet, was a British surgeon with a special interest in urology and headed the London Hospital's genito-urinary department for many years.

Daniel John Cunningham

Daniel John Cunningham M.D., D.C.L., LL. D. F.R.S., F.R.S.E. F.R.A.I. was a Scottish physician, zoologist, and anatomist, famous for Cunningham's Text-book of Anatomy and Cunningham's Manual of Practical Anatomy.

St Clair Thomson

Sir St Clair Thomson was a British surgeon and professor of laryngology.

Sir John Thomas Banks was an Anglo-Irish physician and, between 1880 and 1898, Regius Professor of Physic at Trinity College, Dublin.

Thomas George Wilson FRCSI FRCSE FRCS FACS FRSM MRIA HRHA was an eminent Anglo-Irish surgeon and medical administrator specialising in otorhinolaryngology, a field to which he made significant contributions. Wilson was also an accomplished author, artist and sailor. He was known as 'T.G' and was a leading figure in Dublin society until his sudden death in 1969.

Solomon Richards (surgeon)

Solomon Richards was an Irish surgeon who served four terms as president of the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) in 1794, 1803, 1808, and 1818. He achieved fame by performing a tracheotomy in public for which act he featured in a satirical poem in The Metropolis. He was praised for his philanthropy and noted for his puns and bon mots. He was said to be the "fattest surgeon in the United Kingdom".

Pearl Dunlevy Irish physician and epidemiologist

Dr Pearl Dunlevy, was an Irish physician and epidemiologist working on TB and was the first woman president of the Biological Society of the Royal College of Surgeons of Ireland.

Samuel Wilmot

Samuel Wilmot MD MRCSI was the president of the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) in 1815, 1832 and 1846.

Charles Hawkes Todd

Charles Hawkes Todd was a medical doctor and the president of the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) in 1821.

Robert Harrison (surgeon) 17th century Irish surgeon

Robert Harrison M.D., M.R.C.S.I., M.R.I.A. was the president of the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) in 1848.

John MacDonnell was an Irish surgeon and pioneer of surgical anaesthesia in Ireland.