Dr Ernest Herrmann Rink

Personal Details

Dr Ernest Herrmann Rink BMBCh FFARCS MRCS LRCP DA

22/01/1905 to 06/03/1959

Place of birth: Hampstead, London

Nationality: British

CRN: 715403

Also known as: Uncle or James

Education and qualifications

General education

Tonbridge School; Magdalen College, Oxford; Guy’s Hospital, London

Primary medical qualification(s)


Initial Fellowship and type

FFARCS by Election

Year of Fellowship


Other qualification(s)

BMBCh, Oxford, 1930; DA(RCP&S), 1935

Professional life and career

Postgraduate career

He held house appountments at Guy’s after qualifying and became demonstrator in anaesthetics in 1933. In 1934 he was appointed non-resident anaesthetist, and consultant the following year when he was among the group to pass the first DA examination. During WW2 he was a specialist anaesthetist in the RAMC, later becoming advisor in anaesthetics to an Army Group. He continued as a consultant at Guy’s after the war, but ill-health restricted his activities, and eventually his life.

Professional interests and activities

Thoracic anaesthesia, both its practice and teaching, was his major interest, and he was one of the anaesthetists involved in the pioneer cardiac surgery at Guy’s Hospital with R C Brock.

Other biographical information

His parents were Austrian, but were known to be living in England by 1901, well before his birth. He disliked his given names, and was known as ‘Uncle’ (a name suiting his benevolent manner) to his Oxford friends and ‘James’ to relatives and colleagues. He married Gerda Johanna Lowenstein, and they had two sons. He liked good music, played the piano well and appreciated arts & literature.

Author and Sources

Author: Prof Tony Wildsmith

Sources and any other comments: Obituary. BMJ 1959; i: 863-4 | Ancestry.co.uk