Dr James Noel Thorpe

Personal Details

Dr James Noel Thorpe MBChB FFARCS DA

23/12/1921 to 07/07/1995

Place of birth: Manchester, England

Nationality: British

CRN: 533418

Also known as: Noel

Education and qualifications

General education

Wolstanton Grammar School, Newcastle-under-Lyme; University of Edinburgh winning a Cowan House Scholarship

Primary medical qualification(s)

MBChB, Edinburgh, 1947

Initial Fellowship and type

FFARCS by Examination

Year of Fellowship


Other qualification(s)

DA(RCP&S), 1954

Professional life and career

Postgraduate career

Was required to give anaesthetics during house officer posts in Maidenhead (1947-9) and became “fascinated by the art”. He was resident anaesthetist in Winchester (1949-50) and registrar in Windsor (1950-3) before going to the Hammersmith Hospital as SHO, registrar & senior registrar (1953-9), and spending a year in Falum, Sweden (1955-6). He was appointed consultant anaesthetist to the Royal Hampshire County Hospital, Winchester and Lord Mayor Treloar Hospital, Alton in 1959, working until 1974 when he took early retirement because of ill-health.

Professional interests and activities

With publications on local and regional anaesthesia, Noel was considered an expert in epidural anaesthesia & analgesia. A highly respected and well liked colleague with a good sense of humour, he was very supportive of trainee staff.

Other biographical information

Married Sheila Gray (also a doctor) in 1957, and they had one son & two daughters. His hobbies included travel, languages (especially Swedish in which he was proficient), and good literature, writing short stories in retirement. ‘Home brewing’ was another interest, and he published on the benefits of a small regular intake of alcohol.

Author and Sources

Author: Robert Palmer

Sources and any other comments: Boulton form | Personal recollections of John Bowen and Kate Davies