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Alexander Michael Boyd

Male 1905 - 1973  (68 years)



  • Name Alexander Michael Boyd  [1, 2, 3
    Birth 05 Mar 1905  Northwood Find all individuals with events at this location   [1, 2, 3, 4
    Residence Apr 1911  The Laurels, Murray Rd, Northwood Find all individuals with events at this location   [3
    Education abt 1918 - 1923  Haileybury College Find all individuals with events at this location   [5
    Education abt 1924 - 1929  St Bartholomew's Hospital, Smithfield Find all individuals with events at this location ; Medical College  [5
    Degree/Qualif. 1929  London University Find all individuals with events at this location ; MB, BS  [5, 6
    • MRCS, LRCP 1929; FRCS 1931
    Occupation 1931 - 1939  St Bartholomew's Hospital, Smithfield Find all individuals with events at this location ; Surgeon  [5
    Military Service 1940 - 1945  Royal Army Medical Corps  [5
    • Jerusalem & Cairo
    Post/Rank/Title abt 1944  Lieut-Colonel  [5
    Occupation 1947 - 1970  Manchester University Find all individuals with events at this location ; Professor of Surgery  [5
    Residence 1959  64 Platt Lane, Rusholme Find all individuals with events at this location   [6
    Post/Rank/Title 1970 -  Manchester University Find all individuals with events at this location ; Professor Emeritus  [5
    Death 07 Apr 1973  Manchester Find all individuals with events at this location   [4, 5
    Notes 
    • Obituary - Professor A. M. Boyd - An enthusiastic and influential teacher of surgery.
      Professor A. M. Boyd, FRCS, Professor of Surgery at the University of Manchester from 1947 to 1970, died on Saturday. He was 68. Boyd was Emeritus Professor since 1970.
      Alexander Michael Boyd was born on March 5, 1905, the son of Henry Strene Boyd. His home life had a Victorian quality which must have been largely responsible for his conservatism of opinion and outlook. He was educated at Haileybury, but it is difficult to get an accurate picture of him at school; as far as sport was concerned he enjoyed shooting and fishing but team games do not appear to have interested him.
      He distinguished himself early in his career at St Bartholomew's Hospital Medical College by winning the Foster Prize in Anatomy in 1926 and by being proxime accessit for the Harvey Prize in Physiology in the same year. He qualified with the London University degree in 1929. The Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons followed in 1931 and for the next two years he was a Demonstrator of Anatomy with Professor Woollard, under whose direction he undertook a useful investigation into the musculature and innervation of the ureter.
      In 1934 he was. appointed Second Assistant in the Surgical Professorial Unit and soon became distinguished for his unusual memory for patients' names and histories; he undertook a study of thyroid adenomas and of carcinoma of the breast which formed the basis of valuable publications. In 1936 he was promoted to First Assistant in the Unit.
      It was during these years immediately before the 1939-45 war that he began the systematic study of peripheral vascular disease which was to be the chief interest of his subsequent career; his arteriograms made at this time could scarcely be improved upon, and enabled him to classify the varieties of obliterative arteritis with special reference to the particular level at which the disease occurred in the arterial tree.
      In 1939 Boyd was attached to the E.M.S. but joined the Army at the end of 1940, was posted to the 17th General Hospital at Hatfield House in 1941, and to-wards the end of that year was sent to the Middle East as Surgical Specialist to No 3 General Hospital in the Nile Delta. After about six months there he was posted to the 16th General Hospital in Jerusalem where he remained until his promotion to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel with charge of the Surgical Division of the 63rd General Hospital in Cairo. Here his particular talents flourished, for there was a great deal of surgery, the Turf Club was within easy reach, and there was a high incidence of obliterative arterial disease among the Egyptian aristocracy. He soon became a well-known professional and social figure and an Examiner in Surgery in the Fuad I University of Cairo.
      On his return to St Bartholomew's the Anatomy department which was still in its war-time quarters at Cambridge was without a professor. Boyd generously undertook to spend six months there in charge of the department, and his advent wrought a welcome improvement in the relationships between the guests and their hosts in the University Department of Anatomy. He then returned to the Surgical Unit as Assistant Director but his appointment as Reader in Surgery which had been agreed by the University of London was never fulfilled because of his promotion to the Chair of Surgery at Manchester at the end of 1946.
      In Manchester he at once threw himself with his usual energy into the task of reorganizing the Department of Surgery and he made full use of the collaboration of the other faculties in the University - a boon which he greatly appreciated. Professor Telford had won for Manchester a reputation for vascular surgery which was enhanced under Boyd's direction. The use he made of the phenomenal amount of clinical material for clinical research excited the interest and the admiration of numerous visitors from all parts of Britain and from overseas, and his enthusiasm was a powerful stimulus to his students and fellow workers. Unfortunately he became seriously handicapped by ankylosing arthritis of the spine and hip joints which had been slowly progressive over the course of several years, and the fear of premature retirement drove him into feverish overwork as though he were trying to get as much as possible done before he was too crippled to do any more. He usually went to bed early but often got up again in the middle of the night to read the current surgical literature. This and similar oddities in behaviour almost seemed to be cultivated in order to gain him a reputation as an eccentric, for both in his practice and teaching of surgery and in his private life he took a delight in doing and saying things which were startling or even unorthodox. This strange mixture of conservatism and unconventionality was sometimes misunderstood but was an asset to his powers as a teacher and enabled him to influence a large body of undergraduate and postgraduate students in London and in Manchester. [The Times, 10 Apr 1973]
    • Boyd, Prof. Alexander Michael, FRCS. Born 5 March 1905; s of Henry Strene Boyd and Beatrice Kate Boyd (née Tatham); died 7 April 1973. Professor of Surgery, University of Manchester, 1947-70, Emeritus Professor since 1970. Education: Haileybury. MRCS, LRCP, MB, BS London, 1929; FRCS 1931. Senior Demonstrator of Anatomy, St Bartholomew's Hosp., 1933; 1st Asst Surg. Professional Unit, Bart's, 1934-39. War Service RAMC, 1940-45, principally in Egypt; Lieut-Col; O/C Surgical Div., 63rd Gen. Hospital, Cairo, Hon. Asst Surg. and Asst Dir Surgical Professional Unit, Bart's, 1946; MSc (Hon.) University of Manchester, 1950. Comdr Order of the Phoenix, Greece, 1942. Publications: numerous, upon surgery of peripheral vascular disease in all Med. Journals. Recreations: Fishing, shooting. Address: 64 Platt Lane, Rusholme, Manchester.
      [Who Was Who, A & C Black, 1920-2008; online edn, Oxford University Press, Dec 2007: http://www.ukwhoswho.com/view/article/oupww/whowaswho/U152524, accessed 21 Oct 2010]
    Person ID I1689  Tatham | Morris branch | Descendant
    Last Modified 01 Oct 2011 

    Father Henry Strene Boyd,   b. abt 1855, Clonmel Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 06 Apr 1946, Northwood Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 91 years) 
    Mother Beatrice Kate Tatham,   b. 10 Oct 1867, Victoria Rd, Kilburn Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Jun 1950, Manchester Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 82 years) 
    Marriage 21 Nov 1894  St Marylebone, Marylebone Find all individuals with events at this location   [7, 8, 9, 10, 11
    • Boyd-Tatham: 21st inst, at St Marylebone Church, by the Rev Canon Barker, the Rector, and the Rev T A [sic] Acland, MA, the Vicar of St Anne's, Highgate Rise, Henry Strene, of No 7 Cumberland Terrace, Regent's Park, NW, only son of the late Alexr Boyd, JP, of Clonmel, co Tipperary, to Beatrice Kate, 6th daughter of the late Michael Hodgson Tatham, Esq, of Highgate, N. [Daily News 27 Nov 1894]
    • Golden Wedding: Boyd-Tatham : On Nov 21, 1894, at St. Marylebone Church, Henry Strene, only son of Alexander Boyd, J.P., of Clonmel, Ireland, to Beatrice, sixth daughter of the late Michael Tatham, of Highgate. [The Times, 21 Nov 1944]
    • Marriage solemnized at the Parish Church of St Marylebone, 21st November 1894:
      - Henry Strene Boyd, 40, Bachelor, Provision Merchant, of The Laurels, Millfield Lane, Highgate, father Alexander Boyd, Wine Merchant;
      - Beatrice Kate Tatham, 27, Spinster, of 61 Portland Place, St Marylebone, father Michael Tatham, Barrister.
      Married after Banns by C T [Charles Tabor] Ackland, Vicar, St Anne's, Highgate Rise;
      In the presence of: Ernest Schenck, Henry Bull [her brother-in-law], W H Saltwell [her uncle], Alfred J Reynolds.
    Henry Strene Boyd & Beatrice Kate Tatham
    Henry Strene Boyd & Beatrice Kate Tatham
    Marriage register
    Notes 
    • Apr 1911: marr 16 yrs; 2 ch: 1 living, 1 died
    Family ID F0177  Family Group Sheet

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    Link to Google MapsBirth - 05 Mar 1905 - Northwood Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - Apr 1911 - The Laurels, Murray Rd, Northwood Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsEducation - abt 1918 - 1923 - Haileybury College Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsEducation - Medical College - abt 1924 - 1929 - St Bartholomew's Hospital, Smithfield Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDegree/Qualif. - MB, BS - 1929 - London University Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Surgeon - 1931 - 1939 - St Bartholomew's Hospital, Smithfield Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Professor of Surgery - 1947 - 1970 - Manchester University Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1959 - 64 Platt Lane, Rusholme Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsPost/Rank/Title - Professor Emeritus - 1970 - - Manchester University Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDeath - 07 Apr 1973 - Manchester Link to Google Earth
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  • Sources 
    1. [S04] H Curtis: Notes for a Pedigree of the Tathams of Co. Durham.

    2. [S02] BMD Index, birth reg Uxbridge, 2Q1905.

    3. [S01] Census, UK, 1911.
      age 6 b Northwood

    4. [S02] BMD Index, death reg Manchester, 2Q1973.
      b 05 Mar 1905

    5. [S05] The Times, obituary, 10 Apr 1973.

    6. [S44] Medical Register.

    7. [S06] Parish Registers, marriages, St Marylebone Church, 21 Nov 1894.

    8. [S05] The Times, Golden Wedding notice, 21 Nov 1944.

    9. [S02] BMD Index, marriage reg Marylebone, 4Q1894.

    10. [S11] Newspaper, Daily News, 27 Nov 1894.
      marriage notice

    11. [S01] Census, UK, 1911.
      marr 16 yrs