Stanley Gelbier

Professor in History of Dentistry

Stanley Gelbier

Stanley Gelbier

The Dental Institute appointed Stanley Gelbier as Honorary Professor in the History of Dentistry, a first for the UK.

Professor Gelbier’s historical work was well known from his research, writings, lectures and editorship of Dental Historian. He became Assistant Curator of the British Dental Association Museum in 1982 and full Curator in 1987.

Professor Gelbier’s research has ranged widely, from care of pauper children and other deprived people to leading contributors to the profession and dental care, including all those dentists who gained knighthoods or a place in the House of Lords, as well as Chief Dental Officers to the Department of Health, England. He has written histories of the British Paedodontic Society, the International Association of Dentistry for Children and the British Society of Oral Health and Disability.Together with Professor Nairn Wilson, Dean and Head of the Dental Institute, and other colleagues, Professor Gelbier now plans to research other leading dental figures, including presidents of the General Dental Council and office-bearers of the British Dental Association.

There will also be studies on dentistry in and around London. There is no better place to focus such research, King’s College London Dental Institute having been formed by merger of three historical dental hospitals and schools. The first lectures on dental surgery were given at Guy’s by Joseph Fox in 1799, a course on dental surgery was given by Thomas Bell, surgeon dentist to the hospital and Mr Salter in 1855 and a dental school was founded in 1889.  The Dental Hospital of London (later the Royal Dental Hospital) and its London School of Dental Surgery were founded in 1858/9).  King’s appointed Samuel Cartwright junior as the UK’s first Professor of Dental Surgery in 1860.