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Charles Howard Usher

Born  1865
Died  1942

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Scottish ophthalmologist, born 1865, Edinburgh; died 1942.

Biography of Charles Howard Usher

Charles Howard Usher grew up in a prominent Edinburgh family. Following undergraduate studies at Cambridge University he studied medicine at St. Thomas's Hospital, London, graduating in 1891. He then became house surgeon to Edward Nettleship (1845-1913) at St. Thomas's. In 1894 he obtained his fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh. He was appointed ophthalmic surgeon to the Aberdeen Hospital for Sick Children and also worked in the Aberdeen Royal Infirmary. Apart from military service in Salonika during the First World War he remained in these posts until he retired in 1926.

Usher was a keen bird watcher and fisherman and he played the cello in a string quartet which met regularly in his home.


  • Karl Pearson (1857-1936), E. Nettleship, and C. H. Usher:
    A Monograph on Albinism in Man.
    Draper's Company Research Memoires Biometric Series 6, 8, 9: Parts 1,2 and 4.
    London, Cambridge University Press, 1911-1913. Biographical:
  • Peter Beighton & Gretha Beighton:
    The Man Behind the Syndrome. Springer Verlag, Berlin-Heidelberg, 1986.

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