Kenneth TillBMJ 2008; 337 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.a2193 (Published 28 October 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;337:a2193
- John Wilson,
- Anthony D Hockley
As the first fulltime paediatric neurosurgeon in the United Kingdom, Kenneth Till quickly established himself in the forefront of his field, and has left an enduring legacy at Great Ormond Street and a select group of former trainees.
Kenneth Till was born in Stoke on Trent and grew up in Poole. The only son of an impecunious pottery designer, he did not attend school until he was 7. After winning a place at the local grammar school, he then proceeded to Downing College, Cambridge, with an open scholarship. He qualified in 1944 after clinical training at St George’s Hospital and served as a medical officer in the Royal Air Force, where his interest in neurosurgery was aroused.
He recounted how as a very junior doctor he ventured into the operating theatre at Atkinson Morley’s Hospital, Wimbledon, where Wyllie McKissock, the doyen neurosurgeon of his day, was so amazed to see anyone interested in neurosurgery that he offered him a house surgeon post. Among his duties he was responsible for the children’s ward at Atkinson …