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Sir Charles Dodds (1899–1973)

© Royal College of Physicians, London. Photo credit: Royal College of Physicians, London

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Sir Charles Dodds (1899–1973) was not a practising physician, but a ‘laboratory man’. He was knighted because of his work on synthesising new oestrogens, in particular stilboestrol, which he discovered in 1938. Stilboestrol has since been used for controlling carcinoma of the prostate. In the portrait, Dodds is holding a page showing the formula for stilboestrol. Dodds was educated at Middlesex Hospital Medical School, and at age 25 he was appointed Courtauld Professor of Biochemistry.

Royal College of Physicians, London





oil on canvas


H 96.2 x W 71.1 cm

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commissioned, 1967

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