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Thomas John Fairbank

Thomas John Fairbank, British orthopedic surgeon.


  • Fairbank, Thomas John was born on June 26, 1912 in London. Son of Harold Arthur Thomas and Florence Kathleen (Ogilvie) Fairbank.

  • Education

    • Bachelor of Arts with first class honours, Trinity College, Cambridge, 1934. Bachelor of Medicine, B. Chir., St. Thomas's Hospital, 1937.


    • Registrar surgical unit St. Thomas's Hospital, London, 1939, resident assistant surgeon, 1946-1947. Chief assistant orthopaedic department Manchester Royal Infirmiry, 1947-1948. Consultant orthopaedic surgeon United Cambridge Hospitals and East Anglian regional, 1949-1977, Addenbrookes Hospital, Cambridge, since 1977.

      Examiner in surgery The Court of Examiners Royal College Surgeons of England, 1963-1969, University Birmingham, 1960-1963, University Cambridge.


    • Co-author (with C.O. Carter): The Genetics of Locomotor Disorders, 1974. Co-author (with R. Wynne-Davies) 2nd edition Fairbank's Atlas of General Affections of the Skeleton, 1976.


    Member editorial board Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery. Served to major Medical Corps, Royal Army, 1939-1945. Travelling fellow American, British, Canada Orthopaedic Association, 1948.

    Fellow British Orthopaedic Association (president 1974-1975), Royal College Surgeons, American Academy Orthopaedic Surgeons (honorary). Member Société International de Chirurgie Orthopedique et de Traumatologie, Royal Society Medicine (president orthopaedic section 1969).



    Shooting; fishing; skiing. Sailing; travel.


    • Married Jeannine Giselle Hayes, September 20, 1946. Children– Jeremy, William, Philippa, Clarissa.
    • father: Harold Arthur Thomas Fairbank
    • mother: Florence Kathleen (Ogilvie) Fairbank
    • spouse: Jeannine Giselle Hayes
    • children: Jeremy Fairbank
    • William Fairbank
    • Philippa Fairbank
    • Clarissa Fairbank
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    Born June 26, 1912