Dr Francis Kenneth Boston

Personal Details 

Dr Francis Kenneth Boston MA MBBCh FFARCS MRCS LRCP DA

14/04/1903 to 23/10/2005

Place of birth: Birkdale, Lancashire

Nationality: British

CRN: 525262

Also known as: Kenneth

Education and qualifications

General education

Terra Nova School, Birkdale; The Leys School, Cambridge; Christ’s College, Cambridge; Westminster Hospital Medical School

Primary medical qualification(s)


Initial Fellowship and type

FFARCS by Election

Year of Fellowship


Other qualification(s)

BA, Camb, 1924 (MA, 1928); MBBCh, Camb, 1933; DA(RCP&S), 1939

Professional life and career

Postgraduate career

After qualifying he was house surgeon at the Hospital of Saints John & Elizabeth, and then emergency officer & anaesthetist at the Westminster Hospital before becoming a GP in Deddington, Oxfordshire in 1935, and also honorary anaesthetist to Horton General Hospital, Banbury. In 1938 he added an appointment as junior assistant anaesthetist at the Radcliffe Infirmary, Oxford (one of Macintosh’s three very earliest clinical appointees), becoming an honorary assistant in 1940 and consultant to the Oxford Hospitals from 1948. He was also clinical lecturer to the University of Oxford, and retired as senior consultant anaesthetist in 1968.


Professional interests and activities

Before WW2, and like Macintosh, he spent part of 1938 providing anaesthetic services at San Sebastian, Spain for casualties of the Civil War, and visited centres in the USA (Hartford, CT & Madison, WI) to widen his experience. During WW2 he was a major contributor to the NDA’s clinical, educational and research activities, the latter relating to survival in submarines. A man with a reputation for thoroughness in all he did, he was awarded an MA by Oxford University in 1963, and much enjoyed having that degree from both Universities!

Other biographical information

From a large family (the 10th of 12 children), Boston married Kathleen F Carnon in 1932, and they had four children. He was a man with a wide range of talents and interests, notably music (suspending his medical studies for a whileto attend the Royal College of Music in London), fly-fishing, ornithology/natural history, railways, literature, art, photography and horticulture (Fellow of the RHS). A very sociable man, he was a member (later secretary) of the Oxford Medical Club, and continued to travel and attend dinners well into his nineties.


Author and Sources

Author: Prof Tony Wildsmith

Sources and any other comments: Beinhart J. A History of the Nuffield Department of Anaesthetics, Oxford 1937-1987. Oxford, Oxford University Press, 1987. | Franco A. Diz JC. Macintosh and the Spanish Connection. www.histansoc.org.uk/uploads/9/5/5/2/9552670/volume_25.pdf | Ancestry.co.uk where a photograph may be seen | Cambridge University Library | Obituary (written by son, Francis).  Christ's College Magazine, Cambridge, 2006:116-7 | Simon Boston (son)