Robert Dick Gillespie

Biography of Robert Dick Gillespie

Robert Gillespie
Robert Gillespie

Air Commodore Robert Dick Gillespie was a distinguished psychologist who specialised in the study of reactive depression. He was born in Glasgow and educated at the University, where he graduated MB ChB with a commendation in 1920 and, as a McCunn Scholar, MD with Honours and a Gold Medal in 1924. He worked for a time at the Royal Mental Hospital in the city, and was awarded a Diploma in Psychological Medicine by the University of London in 1922 before going to work at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore as an assistant resident psychiatrist and instructor in psychiatry.

Gillespie returned to England in 1925 as assistant physician to the Cassel Hospital for Functional Nervous Diseases and in 1927 became a Pinsent-Darwin Scholar at the University of Cambridge. He was elected to the staff at Guy's Hospital and published a number of articles and books including, as joint author with Sir David Henderson, the influential Textbook of Psychiatry.

During the war Gillespie worked as a psychiatrist with the RAF, developing methods of bolstering morale and alleviating the severe mental strain suffered by flight crews on active service. He died on 30 October 1945.


Robert Dick Gillespie
Born 15 December 1897, Glasgow, Scotland.
Died 30 October 1945.
University Link: Graduate
GU Degrees: MB ChB, 1920; MD, 1924;
Father's Details: Campbell Gillespie; Cashier
War Service: Air Commodore, Royal Air Force
Grave / Memorial: Runnymede Memorial, England
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Record last updated: 10th Jan 2008

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