Pierre Turquet

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Dr. Pierre Turquet
Personal information
Full name Pierre Maurice Turquet
Nationality British and French
Born (1913-12-13)13 December 1913
Wandsworth, London, England
Died 27 December 1975(1975-12-27) (aged 62)
Residence United Kingdom
Sport Olympic Fencing
Achievements and titles
Olympic finals 1948 Olympics

Pierre Maurice Turquet (13 December 1913 – 27 December 1975) was an English psychiatrist and psychoanalyst at the Tavistock Clinic with a special interest in group relations.[1] He was also a British Olympic fencer, who competed in the team foil event at the 1948 Summer Olympics.[2]


Pierre Turquet was the son of André Turquet (1869-1940), French-born director of the London Diplomatic Service crammer 'Scoones', and Gladys Turquet (c.1889-1977), head of French at Westfield College, London and professor of French at Bedford College.[3] He was educated at Westminster School and Trinity College, Cambridge, where he switched from history to science before completing medical training at the London Hospital.[4]

During World War II he was a Major in the Royal Army Medical Corps, helping to develop the War Office Selection Boards.[4] He married Clare Hunter in 1940.[5] He was subsequently seconded to SHAEF and the French War Office. After the war he was Research Psychiatrist at the MRC Social Medicine Research Unit, researching the interpersonal and intrafamily relations of young people with duodenal ulcers,[1] before becoming a consultant psychiatrist at the Tavistock Clinic in 1952. He worked as a group analyst. From 1968 to 1973 he was Chairman of the Adult Department of the Tavistock.[4]

He died on 27 December 1975 as a result of a road accident in France.[1]


  1. ^ a b c 'Preface: Pierre Maurice Turquet, MA, MRCS, LRCP, FRCPsych.', in W. Gordon Lawrence, ed., Exploring Individual and Organizational Boundaries: A Tavistock Open Systems Approach, 1979
  2. ^ "Pierre Turquet Olympic Results". sports-reference.com. Retrieved 17 June 2010. 
  3. ^ J. M. Cocking, 'Obituary: Prof Gladys Turquet. French teaching at Bedford College', The Times, 22 January 1977
  4. ^ a b c Robert Gosling, 'Dr P. M. Turquet', The Times, 7 January 1976
  5. ^ The Times, 10 July 1940