Harold Chapman (orthodontist)

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Harold Chapman
Died10 August 1965
EducationPennsylvania College of Dental Surgery
Known forBeing the first exclusive Orthodontic Practitioner in England
Medical career

Harold Chapman (1881 – 10 August 1965) was a British orthodontist who was England's first exclusive orthodontic practitioner in 1921. He was also the President of the European Orthodontic Society and British Dental Association during his career.[1]


He was born in Liverpool in 1881. He attended Thetford Grammar School while growing up. He attended Victoria University (United Kingdom) for College after which he then attended University of Liverpool School of Dentistry and received his L.D.S.R..C.S. degree in 1903. He was then appointed Dental House Surgeon at Royal Liverpool University Hospital. This followed by him practiced for 9 months in Southport, Lancashire where he met Mathew H. Cryer who was at that time the Professor of Oral Surgery at University of Pennsylvania. After meeting him, Dr. Chapman travelled to USA and enrolled in Pennsylvania College of Dental Surgery where he obtained his dental degree.[2]

He then enrolled himself in Angle School of Orthodontia and graduated from there in 1905. After his return, Dr. Chapman worked with Dr. George Northcroft for 2 years before starting his own practice in 1921. He then became the first person in England to solely practice orthodontics. He continued working in his practice until his retirement in 1952.[3][4]

He was an Honorary Dental Surgeon at Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry in 1911. He also organised the first postgraduate course on orthodontics in England on behalf of the Dental Board of United Kingdom. Royal College of Surgeons of England awarded him with Faculty of Dental Surgery in 1947.[5]

Awards and positions[edit]


  1. ^ "British Orthodontic Society > Museum and Archive > History of Orthodontics > Key Figures > Harold Chapman". www.bos.org.uk. Retrieved 2016-08-26.
  2. ^ American Journal of Orthodontics. C. V. Mosby. 1915-01-01.
  3. ^ Wilson, Herbert Edward (1966-06-01). "Harold Chapman". American Journal of Orthodontics. 52 (6): 454–459. doi:10.1016/0002-9416(66)90123-0.
  4. ^ Phulari, Basavaraj Subhashchandra (2013-06-30). History of Orthodontics. JP Medical Ltd. ISBN 9789350904718.
  5. ^ Chapman, Harold (1927-11-01). "Etiology in Orthodontic Cases**Read before the Section on Orthodontia at the Seventh International Dental Congress, Philadelphia, Pa., Aug. 24, 1926". The Journal of the American Dental Association. 14 (11): 2046–2056. doi:10.14219/jada.archive.1927.0360.