Robert Neil Guthrie

Biography of Robert Neil Guthrie

Robert Neil Guthrie MBChB 1906
Robert Neil Guthrie MBChB 1906

Robert Neil Guthrie graduated MBChB from the University in 1906. He was born in Christchurch, New Zealand, son of doctor John Guthrie, himself also a medical graduate of the University.

Upon graduation on 17 July 1906, Guthrie returned to New Zealand to practice in Christchurch. At the outbreak of the First World War, Guthrie enlisted with the Medical Corps, and was a medical officer during the Gallipoli Campaign and later in France. He attained the rank of lieutenant-colonel, was wounded four times and awarded the Military Cross.

After the war, Guthrie remained in the UK where he received further medical study in radiology under Alfred E Barclay, the father of British radiology, at Cambridge. He qualified there with a Diploma in Medical Radiology and Electrology (DMRE) in 1920.

Guthrie returned to New Zealand in 1921, where he was appointed radiologist at Christchurch Hospital, the first full-time radiologist in New Zealand. He remained there until 1947, and was elected Fellow of the Royal Australian College of Physicians (FRACP) in 1938, and Fellow of the Faculty of Radiologists (FFR) in 1939.

Guthrie died at Lake Coleridge on 2 April 1953 aged 71.


Robert Neil Guthrie
Born 18 March 1882.
Died 2 April 1953.
University Link: Alumnus, Graduate
GU Degree: MBChB, 1906; Medical, Veterinary and Life Sciences,
Occupation categories: radiologists
Additional Information: R3/1/1 (vol 2)
Record last updated: 22nd Jul 2014

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