ARTHUR FORKNALL (d. 1961)

Arthur Forknall started with an engineering apprenticeship and took one of the early pre-war optometry courses, probably in Manchester. He set up practice in Parliament Street, Nottingham, where in the late1940s he soon developed an interest in contact lenses. He was...

Geoffrey McKellen (1903-1985)

Geoffrey D. McKellen was the son of an optician in Hanley, Stoke on Trent. He studied optics in Manchester and gained the fellowship of the BOA. He worked in the practice of W. B. Barker and later returned to North Staffordshire. With Raymond Watson he landed in...

Frank Dickinson (1906-1978)

Frank Dickinson was born in Blackpool and spent most of his optical life in St Anne’s, Lancashire. He travelled extensively and on his second trip to the US in 1939 to meet transatlantic contact lens pioneers such as Obrig and Feinbloom, he encountered Keith...

Keith Clifford Hall (1910-1964)

Keith Graham Clifford Hall was born in Cambridge and educated in Surrey. He left school at 17 and soon after happened upon a job advertisement for an optician’s apprentice in Bracknell. He studied for his FSMC at night school, qualifying in 1931. Clifford Hall...

Frederick Ridley (1904-1977)

Frederick Thomas Ridley was born and educated in Birmingham. He graduated in 1922 and became pathologist at the Central London Ophthalmic Hospital. He then worked at the Western Ophthalmic Hospital and in 1928 gained his FRCS and joined the staff at Moorfields. Ridley...

Harry J. Birchall (1884-1952)

Harry J. Birchall joined C. W. Dixey in Birmingham during 1904, becoming a partner in 1921 and eventually its managing director. He was a council member of the Guild of Dispensing Opticians and a Fellow of the Association of Dispensing Opticians. In addition, he held...