Portrait: Royal College of Physicians in Edinburgh (online at BBC Your Paintings).
"Graduated with a MB CM with honours from Edinburgh in 1882. and within five years his interest in the cure and prevention of tuberculosis was becoming recognised in medical circles.
In 1887 he was awarded a gold medal for his MD thesis, 'An inquiry into the actual cause of death in tuberculosis'. In the same year, he founded the Victoria Dispensary in a flat of three rooms in Bank Street, Edinburgh. The Royal Victoria Hospital for Consumption was opened in 1894 at Craigleith, where Robert Philip was able to carry out the fresh air treatment he strongly advocated. Sir Robert Philip introduced his anti-tuberculosis scheme in 1887, and 50 years later in Britain there were 630 dispensaries and 35,000 beds available for the treatment of tuberculous patients."
Blue plaque: Bank Street, Edinburgh.
Married 1: Elizabeth Motherwell of Sligo on 19 Apr 1888, Bridge of Allan (d 1937).
Married 2: Edith Josephine McGaw, 5 Apr 1938 in Paddington, London.
In memory of
ROBERT WILLIAM PHILIP Knght Bachelor MD LLD FRCP, First Professor of Tuberculosis of the University of Edinburgh, son of the Rev George Philip DD, Edinburgh, died Jan 25 1939; also of
EDITH JOSEPHINE widow of above and daughter of JOSEPH McGAW, Kooba, New South Wales died Feb 20 1939.