Willocks, James

Reference HB117
Dates of Creation
Name of Creator Willocks, James MD FRCOG FRCP (1928-2004 : Obsetrician and Gynaecologist)
Language of Material English
Physical Description 0.5 metres

Scope and Content

Papers relating to Willocks' activities and roles in the Gynaecological Travellers Club.
Papers relating to Willocks' attendance at and contribution to various conferences.
Papers realting to teaching work including role as examiner.
Papers relating to work at the Queen Mother's Hospital.
Papers relating to involvement with and donations to societies and charities.
Papers relating to Professor Ian Donald.

Administrative / Biographical History

Dr. James Willocks MD FRCOG FRCP (1928 – 2004) was born in East Kilbride and educated at Hutcheson Grammar School.  He went on to study at the University of Glasgow, where he graduated in 1951.
After working in Hairmyers Hospital, Lanarkshire, he spent several years in Malaya on active service during the insurgency there. 
On his return to Glasgow, he accepted a position under Professor Ian Donald, a pioneer of ultrasound, in the University Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology and at Glasgow Royal Maternity Hospital.
Under Donald’s tutelage, Willocks began work on ultrasonic cephalometry (the measurement of fetal skull bone birparietal diameter) using ultrasound.  In 1963 the University of Glasgow awarded him an MD with commendation for this research.
In 1964, he accepted the post of lecturer in midwifery at the newly opened Queen Mother’s Hospital and was appointed NHS consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist for both the Queen Mother’s Hospital and the Western Infirmary in 1966.  He remained in this position until his retirement in 1990.
Willocks maintained a keen interest in pioneering gynaecological developments throughout his life, becoming a member of the Gynaecological Travellers’ Club in 1971 and was voted into the combined position of treasurer and secretary in 1988.
In 2003, Willocks was diagnosed with motor neurone disease.  He passed away on the 13th February 2004.

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Conditions Governing Access
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Acquisition Information
Donated by L. Willocks.

Other Finding Aids
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Archivist's Note
Fonds level description compiled by Esther McLaughlin, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde Archive Volunteer, 30 May 2019.

Appraisal Information
This material has been appraised in line with standard procedures

Custodial History
Held by L. Willocks until donation.

None expected

Related Material
HB6 Western Infirmary; HB45 Glasgow Royal Maternity Hospital; HB110 Papers of Professor Ian Donald; HB112 British Medical Ultrasound Society; QMH Queen Mother's Hospital