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Lee, Robert (1793-1877), FRS, obstetric physician, and Lee, Robert James (1841-1924), physician

Lee, Robert, 1793-1877.

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Papers of the two Lees, father and son, as follows:

Personal papers and correspondence of Robert Lee (1793-1877), while in the service of Lady Caroline Lamb, and in Russia in the service of Prince Michael Vorontzov. Papers include his 6 diaries (also transciptions of these); personal letters to his son Robert James Lee; letters to Robert Lee (1793-1877) from various correspondents; and Lee's obituary notices. The papers refer to many personal details as well as his professional life.

The papers of Robert James Lee primarily comprise his own diaries - which refer to his work and travels - also papers relating to his father.



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14 volumes and 1 file

Acquisition note

Presented by Dr. Norah Schuster, 1968.

Biographical note

Robert Lee (1793-1877), FRS, was an obstetric physician and the father of the physician Robert James Lee (1841-1924).

Robert Lee senior was a distinguished obstetric physician and gynaecologist. He graduated MD at Edinburgh in 1814, and from 1824 to 1826 was physician to Prince Michael Semyonbitch Vorontzov, Governor-General for the Crimea, and travelled extensively in Russia. He then settled in London, and was elected F.R.S. in 1830, and F.R.C.P. in 1841. He seems to have been rather unfairly treated by the Royal Society as regards the publication of some of his papers and was justifiably aggrieved by their treatment. (See the Dictionary of National Biography for further biographical details).

Robert James Lee obtained his MD at Cambridge in 1869 and was elected F.R.C.P., London 1874, resigning in 1902. Like his father he was a gynaecologist and obstetrician. He also held positions, as physician at the Hospital for Sick Children, Great Ormand Street, and St Georges Hospital, and was personal physian to Lord Harrington, Sir Thomas Tillyer Whipham and Willaim Lowther.

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