Patrick Trevor-Roper

BMJ 2004; 328 doi: (Published 06 May 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;328:1137

A distinguished eye surgeon, a philanthropist, and a founder of the Terrence Higgins Trust

Patrick Dacre Trevor-Roper, known to his many friends as “TR,” was an acclaimed eye surgeon. He is best remembered among his colleagues as a marvellous writer, teacher, and leader of the profession. He is known to a wider public for his book The World Through Blunted Sight, which argues that the proportions, perspectives, and palette of many famous painters was related to eyesight conditions such as short sight, astigmatism, glaucoma, and cataract. He established the Haile Selassie Eye Hospital in Addis Ababa and organised the opening of eye hospitals in Lagos and Sierra Leone for the Royal Commonwealth Society for the Blind. Meanwhile, he stated in a self written obituary he prepared for the BMJ (available on, and which fails to do him justice, that “he enjoyed tilting at social prejudices within his reach.”

At Charterhouse School he was a senior classical scholar, but was, he said, “diverted into medicine in order to join his father's practice.” He was an exhibitioner at Clare …

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