Biography and Notes
Son of the Rev. John Bremner Purvis, Rural Deal of Bridlington, Northumberland. Educated at Grammar School, Stockton-on-Tees, BM., BS (Durham 1927), DO (Oxon) 1930, DOMS (London) 1930.
1921 Head of School, Stockton-on-Tees Grammar School. At Durham University Anatomy & Histology Prizeman 1923 & 24; Demonstrator in Anatomy 1924; President, College of Medicine Medical Soc. 1926; Clinical Assistant Ryhope Asylum 1926; M.B., B.S., 1927. Ship's Surgeon, Blue Funnel Line 1927; General Practice, Middleton St. George, 1928; Clinical Assistant, Oxford Eye Hosp. 1930. Diploma in Ophthalmology, Oxford 1932; First Assistant Moorfields Eye Hosp. 1933; D.O.M.S. (London Univ.) 1933; Clinical Assistant Middlesex Hosp. 1934. E.M.S. Surgeon, Moorfields Eye Hospital 1939; Registrar, Moorfields Eye Hosp. 1942; Lecturer Optics Anatomy & Physiology, Moorfields, 1942; Lecturer Optics University Oxford, 1946. Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon Peace Memorial Hospital, Watford, 1946; Hon. Ophthalmic Surgeon, Royal Caledonian Schools, 1946; Consultant Surgeon, Oxford Eye Hosp. & Clinical Lecturer Oxford University 1947; Consultant Surgeon Oxford Regional Hospital Board 1947.
Hon. Secretary Ophthalmic Section, Royal Society Medicine 1944; Member of Council Ophthalmological Society of the U.K. 1945; Member of Council & Appointments Committee, National Ophthalmic Treatment Board 1949-72; (Chairman, 1966-72). Member Ophthalmic Group Committee B.M.A. 1949-72. Inventor Streak Retinoscope 1943; produced first cinema film of Retinoscopy 1944. Contributor to the Transactions of the Ophthalmological Society U.K 1947-66.
Two children by his first marriage: Ian Bremner Purvis born 28 September 1933, and Julia Mackay Purvis born 13 January 1937.
Interests: Oil painting.
Died 26 January 1995.