CONTACT LENS HISTORY
THE UK PIONEERS
Arthur Poole (1905-1998)
Arthur Poole left school aged 14 and was apprenticed to
Clement Talbot Motors until 1922. He
entered optics joining Hamblins in 1923 in the optical drawing department,
moving to Curry & Paxton in 1929. Having
qualified as a DO at Northampton Polytechnic he joined C. Davis Keeler on 3
January 1938 with a salary of £5-10s-0d per week, fitting contact lenses on the
first floor of
47 Wigmore Street. During the war he remained in
The Keeler Magazine (no 11/4 of December 1972) records:
"The end of 1972 and the beginning of 1973 witnesses the retirement of Arthur Poole who has for so many years managed so ably the London Contact Lens Department. Mr Poole, who did an immense amount of work for the Association of Dispensing Opticians, was a direct link with the introduction of Contact Lens fitting into this country, since he was assistant to our Chairman, himself one of the prime pioneers the of Contact Lens fitting in England from the early 1930s."
Issue no. 11/5 (of February 1973) carried a letter from Poole:
"My work during the thirty-five years I have spent with the Company has been absorbingly interesting and enjoyable, and it is gratifying to reflect that one has been able to help many of one's less fortunate fellow beings to obtain a standard of vision which would have been impossible without contact lenses. I consider I was fortunate in having the Chairman as my mentor in this branch of optics and I shall always remember with pleasure working with him during the pioneering days of contact lenses in this country."
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