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PARSONS, Sir John Herbert (1868-1957)


Reference code(s): GB 0074 LMA/4546

Held at: London Metropolitan Archives

Title: PARSONS, Sir John Herbert (1868-1957)

Date(s): 1904-1957

Level of description: Collection

Extent: 0.03 linear metres.

Name of creator(s): Middleton-Joy | Dorothea | fl 1945-1957


Administrative/Biographical history:

Sir John Herbert Parsons was born in 1868 in Bristol. He qualified in medicine in 1892, and became assistant in Department of Physiology at University College, and was engaged in general practice in Finchley. His interest developed in ophthalmology. He gained a position of clinical assistant at Royal London Ophthalmic Hospital (Moorfields Eye Hospital) where he later became curator and librarian. He was elected to surgical staff there in 1904 and continued as consulting surgeon.

He became ophthalmic surgeon to University College Hospital and also Hospital for Sick Children, Great Ormond Street. He was also a scientist carrying out and producing major research on the physiology of the eye and optics and became a world authority in ophthalmic pathology. Between 1904-1908 his work The Pathology of the Eye was published in four editions, alongside other extensive contributions during his career.

He was based at 26 Bryanston Square, Marylebone, Westminster during 1950s. Parsons died in 1957.

Mrs Dorothea Middleton-Joy, compiler of the scrapbook, lived in Leeds in 1945. A letter of condolence shows she was based at 26 Bryanston Square, London in 1957. She does not appear in the list of attendance at the memorial service.


Scope and content/abstract:

Records relating to Sir John Herbert Parsons, ophthalmic surgeon, comprising scrapbook relating to his career.


Language/scripts of material: English

System of arrangement:

One volume.

Conditions governing access:

Available for general access.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Copyright to this collection rests with the City of London.

Finding aids:

Please see online catalogues at:


Archival history:

Discovered in the basement of the offices of Lithgoe Pepper and Eldridge, solicitors.

Immediate source of acquisition:

Gifted to the Archive in August 2010.


Related material:

See Moorfields Eye Hospital and predecessors including Royal London Ophthalmic Hospital (H47). See also records held by London University: University College London (UCL) Special Collections.


Archivist's note:

Rules or conventions: Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

Date(s) of descriptions: Records prepared May to September 2011.

Eye surgery | Surgery | Medical sciences
Ophthalmology | Medical sciences
Personal archives | Archives
Personal papers | Primary documents | Documents | Information sources

Personal names
Parsons | Sir | John Herbert | 1868-1957 | Knight | ophthalmic surgeon

Corporate names