Professor F. C. Pybus

On top of everything, he was a pretty handsome guy!
On top of everything, he was a pretty handsome guy!

If you ever happen to study the history of medicine at Newcastle University, oddly specific I know, you will be unable to escape the name of Professor Pybus – there’s a Pybus Collection and a Pybus Room and a Pybus Seminar and the Pybus Papers and this list goes on. To paraphrase Jan Brady: Pybus, Pybus, Pybus! At first I didn’t think too much about it, but once I started looking into it, it turned out he was a pretty cool dude.

Emeritus Professor Frederick Charles Pybus was born in 1883 and lived until the ripe old age 92. He spent most of his professional career as a surgeon at the Royal Victoria Infirmary (RVI) in Newcastle upon Tyne and was considered an authority in cancer research, surgery and pediatrics. He is also well known for his research in organ transplantation. For example, in July of 1916, he attempted a transplant of pancreatic tissue on two patients; however, these procedures were, unfortunately, unsuccessful.

The good doctor also invented Lucozade.

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