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The academic robe, or gown, pictured here is an example of the robes used by the Fellows of the Royal College of Anaesthetists. Sir Robert R. Macintosh (1897-1989) gave this robe to his friend and Dallas, Texas colleague Dr. M.T. “Pepper” Jenkins (1917-1994), who in turn donated it to the Wood Library Museum. In 1937, when Dr. Robert Macintosh (1897-1989) was appointed to the Chair of Anaesthetics at Oxford University he became the first professor of anesthesiology outside of the United Sates. Dr. Macintosh influenced numerous areas of clinical anesthesia. A few of his accomplishments include the design of portable anesthesia machines and respirators, in addition to a well-known laryngoscope blade that continues to be used worldwide. He prepared hundreds of physicians and nurse anesthetists to administer anesthesia during WWII, authored a number of textbooks on general and regional anesthesia, lectured and taught worldwide, and expanded research aimed at solving immediate clinical problems.
Sir Robert was Knighted in 1955 by Queen Elizabeth, primarily for his work with Dr. Edgar Pask (1912-1966) for the Royal Air Force Physiological Laboratories. Macintosh and Pask redesigned life jackets to prevent the drowning of downed aircraft pilots who landed unconscious in water. The life jackets saved the lives of hundreds of British airmen shot down in the English Channel during WWII.