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Adam, George Rothwell Wilson (Rothwell) (1853 - 1924)

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Gynaecologist and Obstetrician
Born: 22 January 1853  Leeds, Yorkshire, England.  Died: 26 December 1924  East Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.
George Rothwell W. Adam (Rothwell) was a gynaecologist and obstetrician who worked in private practice, at the Alfred Hospital (1881 - 1895) and the (Royal) Women's Hospital (1895 - 1913). He was also an excellent lecturer who strove to improve both the course and training of doctors, midwifes and students. From 1900-13 he was Lecturer in Obstetrics and Diseases of Women at the University of Melbourne. The survival of the clinical school at the Womenís Hospital during the early years has been attributed to Adamís demeanor, abilities and the respect he commanded.

Career Highlights
Rothwell Adam arrived in Australia with his family around 1861. After matriculating, Adam had a short stint at farming before deciding on a medical career. His parents sent him to the University of Edinburgh, where his father had studied, to pursue his medical studies. Upon completing a Bachelor of Medicine and Masters of Surgery, Adam worked under Professor J.H. Croom at Edinburgh Royal Maternity Hospital and then took up a post at Glasgow Royal Infirmary. These two posts instigated his desire to specialize in the fields of gynecology and obstetrics. In 1879 Rothwell Adam returned to Australia and set up a private practice in East Melbourne. Two years later he was appointed to the honorary staff at the Alfred hospital, but resigned in 1888 because he was unable to establish a gynaecological unit there. That same year he received honorary appointment at the Womenís Hospital, Melbourne and in 1895 was promoted to resident gynaecologist. He remained in that post until he retired in 1913. Rothwell Adam also spent many years lecturing at the University of Melbourne and teaching at the Womenís Hospital clinical school. He was president of the Medical Society of Victoria and the inaugural president of the Melbourne Obstetrical and Gynaecological Society.

c. 1860Migrated to Australia (New South Wales)
1861Moved to Victoria
1867Student at Scotch College in Melbourne
1870Matriculated at the University of Melbourne
1878Bachelor of Medicine (MB) and Master of Surgery (ChM) completed at the University of Edinburgh
1878 - 1879Resident Physician at the Edinburgh Royal Maternity Hospital and Glasgow Royal Infirmary
1879 - Private practice in East Melbourne
1881 - 1888Honorary staff member at the Alfred Hospital, Melbourne
1883Married Eveline Grace Jones at Trinity Church in Parkville, Victoria
1884Bachelor of Medicine (BM) completed at the University of Melbourne
1888 - 1895Honorary Obstetrician at the (Royal) Women's Hospitall, Melbourne
1895 - 1913Gynaecologist at the (Royal) Women's Hospital
1900 - 1913Obstetrics and women's health Lecturer at the University of Melbourne
1902Doctor of Medicine (MD) received from the University of Melbourne


Structure based on ISAAR(CPF) - click here for an explanation of the fields.Prepared by: McCarthy, G.J & Annette Alafaci
Created: 20 October 1993
Modified: 29 January 2007

Published by The University of Melbourne eScholarship Research Centre on ASAPWeb, 1994 - 2007
Originally published 1994-1999 by Australian Science Archives Project, 1999-2006 by the Australian Science and Technology Heritage Centre
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