20th February 2020

Remembering Dr Robert Smith

One of our founders, he was dedicated to helping people affected by migraine

Dr Robert Smith

We were very sad to learn of the death of one of our founders, Dr Robert Smith, who died at the start of this month at the age of 98.

Originally from Dublin, he studied medicine at Trinity College Dublin, and was a surgeon at the Royal Surrey Hospital and a house physician with the Royal Army Medical Corps early in his career. He then worked as a GP in England before joining the Clinical Research Department at the Wellcome Foundation in London in 1960, where he also served as director of the Clinical Pain Research Program.

Following this he set up the family medicine departments at Guy’s Hospital Medical School, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine.

Along with family medicine, headache and migraine was an important focus of his career and he served as the director of the University of Cincinnati’s Headache Centre. It was this interest that led him to play a key role in the founding of The Migraine Trust in 1965, at a time when there was very little help and not many treatment options for people with migraine.

We are very grateful to him for his dedication to helping people affected by migraine and everyone at The Migraine Trust extends our condolences to his wife Myfanwy and family.

Gus Baldwin
Chief Executive