Professor in History of Dentistry
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.
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.