Dr Aubrey Frederick Alsop

Personal details 

Dr Aubrey Frederick Alsop MA MBBCh FFARCS MRCS LRCP DA

02/07/1902 to 14/04/1991

Place of birth: Upton, Northampton

Nationality: British

CRN: 523772

Also known as: Bill

Education and qualifications

General education

Oundle School; Queens’ College, Cambridge; St Bartholomew’s Hospital

Primary medical qualification(s)


Initial Fellowship and type

FFARCS by Election

Year of Fellowship


Other qualification(s)

BA(Hons), Cambridge,1924 (MA, 1930); BCh, Cambridge, 1930; MB, Cambridge, 1946; DA(RCP&S), 1946

Professional life and career

Postgraduate career

After qualifying Alsop was house physician, Miller General Hospital, SE London and house surgeon, Hampstead & NW London General Hospital before joining a practice in Oxford in 1931. For a while he was also clinical assistant in anaesthetics at the Radcliffe Infirmary, but became obstetric house physician there before returning to practice with a clinical assistantship in obstetrics. However, he returned to anaesthetics as honorary assistant a short time before Macintosh arrived in 1937, and was honorary anaesthetist by 1939. During WW2 he served with the RAMC in France before Dunkirk, in Normandy & North Africa, and recording his clinical experiences with a surgical colleague, S O Aylett (BMJ 1945; 1: 547-51). He returned to his Oxford appointments after the war, but became a full-time anaesthetist in 1948, as well as clinical lecturer to the University, until retirement in 1967. 


Professional interests and activities

More information would be welcome although the award of the TD in 1951 indicates that he was involved in the TA after WW2. The book (see below) written by Aylett, his wartime surgical colleague, has many positive comments about Alsop’s clinical skills.


Other biographical information

The son of a leather merchant originally from Glasgow, he married Margaret Shaw, and they had a son and a  daughter. At Cambridge he rowed (stroke of College second boat) and won a College Blue for Tennis.

Author and Sources

Author: Prof Tony Wildsmith

Sources and any other comments:
Medical Directory | Ancestry.co.uk | London Gazette | Aylett S. Surgeon at War 1939-45 (2nd Ed). London, Metro Publishing, 2015. ISBN: 9781784186 | Beinart J. A History of the Nuffield Department of Anaesthetics, Oxford 1937-1987. Oxford, OUP 1987. ISBN 0-19-261648-X | Dr L E S Carrie (who confirmed that Alsop was known as ‘Bill’)| Cambridge University Archives | Archives of Queens' College, Cambridge