Prof. Harold W. Rodgers

With no prior connection to Africa, Professor Harold W. Rodgers developed a keen and personal connection with the continent after moving to Queen’s University.

Born in India, Harold Rodger was the first Englishman to hold the chair in Surgery at Queen’s which he took up in 1947. In 1950 and 1951 he did a tour of West Africa for the Colonial Office and the Nuffield Foundation, from which he built personal links to Africa.

After 1950 Professor Rodgers maintained a keen interest in African affairs and looked after the African students at Queen’s University, no least the future Professor Akin O. Adesola (Queen’s first African Honoris Causa in 1989).

After his retirement in 1974, Prof. Rodger took up a post at the University of Ife, Nigeria, for three years – four years before Adesola became the Vice-Chancellor of the same institution.

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  1. Great to see your entry re my father Harold Rodgers. He certainly was a good friend of Africa and Nigeria in particular. Three tours to Foster links and mentoring of trainee African surgeons and 3 years service as a surgical professor at Ife 1974 to 77. I’m interested in connections between British and African surgery policy wise.

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