Evans, Philip Rainsford (1910-1990), and Barbara (nee Hay-Cooper) (1909-1995)

  • Evans, Philip Rainsford, CBE,FRCP (1910-1990) Paediatrician
  • Archives and manuscripts

About this work


These papers reflect the careers of the paediatrician, Philip Rainsford Evans, and of his wife Barbara, mainly in her capacity as medical journalist and author. They include some family and personal material; diaries, correspondence and reports on setting up a Paediatrics Department at Mulago Hospital, Kampala, Uganda, 1950s-1970s; material on the activities of the British Paediatric Team in Saigon, 1966-1973, including photographs; P R Evans's correspondence as Medical Adviser to Independent Television Companies Association, 1964-1989; material more generally on P R Evans' professional activities; general medical journalism and related material of Barbara Evans; files relating to her book Life Change on the menopause; her involvement with the Research Council for Complementary Medicine; and the research materials for and correspondence relating to her biography of Helena Wright, Freedom to Choose.



Physical description

24 boxes


A. Family and Personal: PRE and BE

B. PRE: Professional Miscellaneous

C. PRE: Uganda


E. Vietnam (PRE and BE)

F. BE: Medical journalism, etc, general

G. BE: Menopause and osteoporosis

H. BE: Research Council for Complementary Medicine

J. BE: Helena Wright

(This arrangement supersedes the former list, compiled in 1984, which included only material which now forms part of sections C, D and E, and a little miscellaneous material, now in Section B)

Acquisition note

The first accession of these papers was given to the Contemporary Medical Archives Centre by Philip Rainsford Evans in October 1983. Additional material was received in June 1995 from Caroline Evans, his daughter, following the deaths of her father and mother.

Biographical note

Philip Rainsford Evans

Obituaries in The Times, 7 Jul 1990, British Medical Journal, 1990, Vol 301, p 234, The Lancet, 1990, Vol 336, p 366, and entry in Munk's Roll of the Fellows of the Royal College of Physicians of London, Vol IX, 1994, pp 156-8

14 Apr 1910 born, second son of Charles Irwin Evans, headmaster of Leighton Park School

Educated Sidcup School, Somerset and Leighton Park School

1930 graduated BSc, Manchester University

1933 MB, ChB

1935 married Barbara Hay-Cooper (see below)

1935-1937 children's registrar, King's College Hospital

1937-38 Rockefeller Travelling Research Fellow

1938-39 Asst Paediatrician, Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore

1939 Asst Physician to Children's Dept., King's College Hospital

1942-46 Served with RAMC in North Africa and Italy, mentioned in despatches, Advisor in Medicine, Central Mediterranean Forces received rank of honorary lt-col

1941 MSc MD

1945 FRCP

1946-75 Physician, The Hospital for Sick Children, Great Ormond Street

1946-71 Director, Dept. of Paediatrics, Guy's Hospital

1947-54 Editor, Archives of Disease in Childhood

1954-59 Honorary Secretary, British Paediatric Association

1962-1966 Honorary consultant on paediatrics to the Army

1966-69 Leader of the medical team sent out to the Children's Hospital, Saigon

1968-69 President of the section of paediatrics, Royal Society of Medicine

1968 CBE

1971-74 Director, Tay-Sachs Foundation

1972-76 Physician-Paediatrician to the Queen

5 Jul 1990 Died

Barbara Evans

Obituary in The Times,, 15 Mar 1995

5 Jun 1909 born Barbara Dorothy Fordyce Hay-Cooper

1934 Qualified in medicine at the Royal Free Hospital

1935 married Philip Rainsford Evans

1939-45 did important pathological research in connection with Sir Archibald McIndoe's plastic surgery team at Queen Victoria Hospital, East Grinstead

1950s Became a freelance journalist on medical matters, including being Medical Correspondent of the Sunday Times

1966 Went to Saigon with PRE

1968 Published Caduceus in Saigon on the work of the paediatric team in Vietnam

1973 Became Associate Editor of World Medicine

1978 Became Consultant Editor of World Medicine

1979 Published Life Change, a popular manual on the menopause

1980 Resigned from her editorial position at World Medicine

1984 Published Freedom to Choose: the Life and Work of Dr Helena Wright, Pioneer of Contraception

5 Mar 1995 Died

Related material

At Wellcome Collection:

Papers of Helena Rosa Wright, PP/HRW.

Terms of use

This collection has been catalogued and is available to library members. Some items have access restrictions which are explained in the item-level catalogue records.



BE Barbara Evans

GOS Great Ormond Street (Hospital for Sick Children)

HRW Helena (Rosa) Wright

ITCA Independent Television Companies Association

PRE Philip Rainsford Evans

RCCM Research Council on Complementary Medicine)

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Accession number

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