Wells, Sydney Russell

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Wells, Sydney Russell

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Sydney Russell Wells (later Russell-Wells) was born in Kensington, the son of Benjamin Weston Wells. He was educated at the Dorset County School, the Royal College of Science and University College London, where he took the BSc degree in 1889.

He graduated in medicine from St George's Hospital in 1893, having won the Pollock, Treasurer's and Brackenbury prizes and the William Brown Exhibition. He held several appointments on the junior staff of the Hospital.

He was elected assistant physician to the National Hospital for Diseases of the Heart in 1904 and physician in 1909. He became assistant physician to the Seamen's Hospital in 1906, becoming full physician in 1908. He lectured at the London School of Clinical Medicine until 1914.

He was a member of the Senate of the University of London from 1903 until his death, and from 1908 to 1919 chairman of the council for external students. From 1919 to 1922 he was Vice-chancellor. He represented the University in the General Medical Council after 1918, and in 1922, standing as a Conservative, was returned to Parliament as its member. He was knighted in 1921.

He married Harriet Smith in 1895 and had one son and two daughters.


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