Sir Richard Powell, 1st Baronet

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Richard Douglas Powell

Sir Richard Douglas Powell, 1st Baronet, KCVO, KStJ, FRCP (25 September 1842 – 15 December 1925) was a British physician, Physician Royal to Queen Victoria, Edward VII and George V, president of various medical societies, etc.[1][2][3][4]

Powell studied medicine at University College, London, becoming house physician there under Dr William Jenner. He later worked at Brompton Hospital, the Marylebone Dispensary, the Evelina Hospital for Sick Children, Charing Cross Hospital and the Middlesex Hospital. [5]

In 1887 he was appointed as physician-extraordinary to Queen Victoria, later succeeding Jenner as physician-in-ordinary to Queen Victoria, Edward VII and George V.[5]

He was elected President of the Medical Society of London (1891), the Clinical Society of London (1899–1901), the Royal Medical and Chirurgical Society (1904–1906) and the Royal College of Physicians (1905–1909). He delivered the Harveian Oration at the Royal College of Physicians in 1914.

He was created a baronet of Wimpole Street in 1897.[5]


Powell's elder daughter Dorothy Juliet Powell married in 1900 Edward Arthur Leadam, only son of W. Ward Leadam, MD.[6]


  1. ^ H. D. Rolleston, ‘Powell, Sir Richard Douglas, first baronet (1842–1925)’, rev. Anita McConnell, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004; online edn, May 2006 accessed 5 June 2013 Sir Richard Douglas Powell (1842–1925): doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/35591
  2. ^ ‘POWELL, Sir Richard Douglas’, Who Was Who, A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc, 1920–2008; online edn, Oxford University Press, December 2007 accessed 5 June 2013
  3. ^ Sir R. Douglas Powell. Physician To The King. (Obituaries) The Times Wednesday, 16 December 1925; pg. 19; Issue 44146; col A
  4. ^ The Late Sir Douglas Powell. (Obituaries) A correspondent. The Times Thursday, 17 December 1925; pg. 18; Issue 44147; col D
  5. ^ a b c "Sir Richard Douglas Powell (1842–1925)". Retrieved 17 July 2015. 
  6. ^ "Marriages". The Times (36074). London. 24 February 1900. p. 1.