John Stallworthy (obstetrician)

Sir John Arthur Stallworthy FRCS (26 July 1906 – 19 November 1993) was a New Zealand born British obstetrician, Nuffield Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, University of Oxford, from 1967 to 1973.[1][2]

Stallworthy was born in Auckland in 1906.[2] His father was Arthur Stallworthy, who later became member of parliament for the Eden electorate (1928–1935). His grandfather, John Stallworthy, was member of parliament for the Kaipara electorate (1905–1911).[3] Stallworthy received his education at Auckland Grammar School and won a scholarship to Auckland University College, where he studied law and medicine. He decided to proceed with medicine and went to the University of Otago.[2]

He was knighted in 1972 for services to medicine. He twice served as President of the Royal Society of Medicine, firstly from 1973 to 1975 and secondly from 1980 to 1982.[2]

His son was Jon Stallworthy, biographer, literary critic and Professor of English Literature at Oxford University.[2]


  1. ‘STALLWORTHY, Sir John (Arthur)’, Who Was Who, A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc, 1920–2008; online edn, Oxford University Press, Dec 2012 ; online edn, Nov 2012 accessed 10 Sept 2013
  2. 1 2 3 4 5 Stirrat, Gordon (30 November 1993). "Obituary: Professor Sir John Stallworthy". The Independent. Retrieved 28 December 2014.
  3. Wilson, James Oakley (1985) [First published in 1913]. New Zealand Parliamentary Record, 1840–1984 (4th ed.). Wellington: V.R. Ward, Govt. Printer. p. 236. OCLC 154283103.
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