Talk:Michael Woodruff

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older entries[edit]

Specifically, a photo of Michael Woodruff is needed. I am in contact with the staff of who may be able to supply the photo displayed there. However, I felt the need for a backup plan. Cool3 20:05, 12 May 2006 (UTC)

Place of death[edit]

Strangely I have been unable to find a place of death for the Wikipedia:Persondata for this article. I can't find this information in any sources either, though I presume he died in Edinburgh. I don't want to state that until it's confirmed: is it in an obituary somewhere? TheGrappler 23:17, 20 May 2006 (UTC)

I can personally confirm that Woodruff died in Edinburgh as he was an acquaintance of mine and I was informed at the time by a friend who attended the funeral. However, I don't have a true source for that so it might count as original research. Anyway, he died in Edinburgh for whatever that's worth. Cool3 02:31, 21 May 2006 (UTC)

I too can confirm his death in Edinburgh, as he was my grandfather. His obituary was carried by "The Age" in Melbourne Australia, as well as papers in the Uk and NZ. User:Stormcaller 01:41, 09 Nov 2006 (AEDST)

Hello Stormcaller, I wonder which of my cousins you are? Michael Woodruff was my grandfather too. He died in Edinburgh and his funeral was at Greyfriars Kirk. At the funeral I met some of his former patients who had received some of the first transplants in the UK. It was a privilege to meet people who are alive today because of my grandad.Jellyspoon 13:54, 30 December 2006 (UTC)


This has been tagged as an article needing an infobox. However, many biographical articles, such as that for Robert Oppenheimer, another FA Scientist article, do not have infoboxes. I personally don't think an infobox would add much to this particular article (although in many cases they are quite useful). Any thoughts? Cool3 19:54, 27 September 2006 (UTC)

I tend to agree, though I'm not generally a fan of the way infoboxes are used anyway...InvictaHOG 17:36, 8 November 2006 (UTC)

Free image possibility[edit]

Any photograph of Woodruff from his time in Australia would be public domain by now. Unfortunately there are no such images online; according to Cool3 (no longer active at Wikipediia but I've contacted him through e-mail) there are probably some Australian photos in his autobiography "Nothing Venture Nothing Win" but I didn't get a chance to pick up a copy before the featured date.--Pharos 23:14, 25 April 2007 (UTC)

First three footnotes[edit]

The first three footnotes are named within the article, but don't seem to be defined anywhere... Has an edit inadvertently removed them...?  Regards, David Kernow (talk) 13:51, 26 April 2007 (UTC)

...I realize now that they were lost thanks to vandalism/reversion (now restored), so, as this article is today's Main Page featured article, have semi-protected it. David Kernow (talk) 14:50, 26 April 2007 (UTC)

Pages don't get protected when they're on the main page. Quadzilla99 19:36, 26 April 2007 (UTC)

How notable is he?[edit]

Is he someone that the average educated Brit would have heard of? Like Jarvik? Hard to tell from the article text. I just want to know if the article is something that is pretty trivial that has just been researched into a good article? (which is fine.) Or if the guy is something special. I just have a hard time telling this from the article. If anything my impression is that he's just some guy.

Sorry, if this sounds disjointed. (I have a thought, but am having a hard time expressing it.) Please respond to the spirit. Thanks.

Oh...and I don't mind if the guy is notable, but some people don't know him that well. Wiki should be great at bringing things like that so that young people know more of past. But like I said...the article just doesn't sing... (talk) 01:17, 30 March 2009 (UTC)

He's someone the average physician or medical student would have heard of, but he's not really that well-known anymore. There was a time (back when he was performing ground-breaking surgery) that he was something of a celebrity, and your average man on the street would have heard of him. He is something special; he was truly a significant researcher, and one of the last "academic surgeons". His papers are still cited today, but that said he's still just no longer famous. Hope that helps. Cool3 (talk) 01:47, 30 March 2009 (UTC)

Isn't this a bit short given all the information available on him and the fact that he was a FRS and they wrote a bio on him? YellowMonkey (cricket calendar poll!) paid editing=POV 05:56, 6 July 2009 (UTC)

Edit from December 2012 needs checking[edit]

Noting here my removal of an edit from December 2010. It might be true, but for a featured article a source is needed, so leaving it here in case anyone reading this is able to supply a source for that and to consider whether it should be re-added to the article. Carcharoth (talk) 21:13, 24 March 2012 (UTC)