|Birth: ||Mar. 12, 1864|
|Death: ||Jun. 4, 1922|
William Halse Rivers Rivers, FRCP, FRS, (12 March 1864 – 4 June 1922) was an English anthropologist, neurologist, ethnologist and psychiatrist, best known for his work with soldiers during World War I who were suffering from shell shock. Rivers's most famous patient was the poet Siegfried Sassoon. He is also famous for his participation in the Torres Straits expedition of 1898, and his consequent seminal work on the subject of kinship.
Rivers died on 4 June 1922 in the Evelyn Nursing Home, Cambridge, following an emergency operation on an intestinal obstruction. His ashes were interred in the Parish of Ascension Burial Ground cemetery, Cambridge, following a funeral service in St John's College chapel.
"On the morning of Saturday 3 June 1922, Rivers let his college servant off for the Whit weekend. Then, during the night, he developed an acute intestinal problem - a strangulated hernia, the twisting of the bowel. He lay for many hours in terrible pain until he was found the following day. He was taken to hospital and operated on but it was too late to save him. Rivers died on Sunday 4 June. He was only fifty-eight." [Taken from "Headhunters: The Pioneers of Neuroscience" by Ben Shephard, 2014].
Rivers, William Halse Rivers.
Adm. Fell.-Com. at ST JOHN'S, Oct. 5, 1893. [Eldest] s. of the Rev. Henry Frederick (1853), of Maidstone (and Elizabeth Hunt).
B. Mar. 12, 1864, at Chatham.
M.B. London, 1886; M.D. London, 1888.
At St Bartholomew's Hospital, 1882.
M.R.C.S., 1886; M.R.C.P., 1892; F.R.C.P., 1897.
F.R.S., 1908; Royal medal; 1915.
House Physician at St Bartholomew's Hospital, 1889-90; at the National Hospital, Queen's Square and at Bethlehem Royal Hospital.
House Surgeon at Chichester Infirmary, 1887-9. University Lecturer in physiological and experimental psychology, 1897-1907.
University Lecturer in the physiology of the senses, 1907-16.
Croonian Lecturer, 1906.
Fitzpatrick Lecturer, 1915.
Served in the Great War, 1914-19 (Capt., R.A.M.C.). President of the Royal Anthropological Institute and of the Folklore Society.
Author, History of Melanesian Society; The Influence of Alcohol on Fatigue; The Todas; Instinct and the Unconscious. Died June 4, 1922 at Cambridge.
War List; The Times, June 5, 1922.)
Fellow of St. John's College
Ascension Parish Burial Ground
City of Cambridge
Created by: Martin Douglas Packer
Record added: Sep 09, 2012
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