Arthur Hugh Lister

BMJ 2010; 341 doi: (Published 16 November 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;341:c6526
  1. Ian Tring,
  2. Don Jones

Arthur Hugh Lister came from a medical family. His father was surgeon at Moorfields and The London and was collaterally related to Lord Lister. Initially Arthur qualified as a mechanical engineer, working at the Royal Free from 1973 to1979, when he entered the medical school. He won the medical physics prize in 1980. He was a prolific, eccentric, and gifted inventor. For years he worked to develop a revolutionary gear box, designed and built hydroplanes for his boat, and constructed a huge kite, which swept him off his feet on Filey sands straight into a wall.

Arthur joined the anaesthetic department at Scarborough Hospital in 1991 as a registrar. Such was his standing in the department that soon after passing his FFARCSI he became associate specialist. He gave nearly 20 years of dedicated service. Arthur cared passionately about the hospital and its patients and staff. The affection in which he was held was shown by the colleagues, friends, and patients who attended his memorial service. All will remember his kindness, his eccentricity, and his terrible jokes.

Arthur was a true English gentleman—he was a gentle man. He fought a long hard battle against mental illness and fought it with grace, dignity, and tremendous courage until, in the end, sadly, it finally caught up with him. Predeceased by a sister, he leaves two brothers and a sister, and many, many friends.


Cite this as: BMJ 2010;341:c6526


  • Associate specialist in anaesthetics Scarborough Hospital, North Yorkshire (b 1947; q Royal Free Hospital, London, 1984; BSc Mech Eng, FFARCSI), d 9 July 2010.

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