Sports Physician - Athlete 1895-1879


Welshmann John Ainsworth-Davis (1895-1976) won a gold medal in the 4 x 400m relay at the 1920 Olympics in Antwerp. He also competed in the individual 400 m and finished fifth in the final. He graduated from St. Bartholomew's Hospital and specialized in urology. To support his family financially during his studies, he played music at a nightclub. During World War II he was head of the surgical division of the RAF hospital at Cosford. Later he served as Secretary and President of the Hunterian Society and Secretary of the Royal Society of Medicine.


George Fish (1895-1977) was a member of the American rugby union team, which won the gold medal at the 1920 Olympics in Antwerp. He graduated from Columbia Medical School and he became a noted urologist and supervised several professional organizations.


At the 1920 Olympics in Antwerp, American Morris Kirksey (1895-1981) participated in four events in which he won three medals. In the 100m he finished second. Together with his teammates he won the 4 x 100m relay in a new world record time of 42.2. He also contested the 200m and he won gold with the American rugby team, defeating France 8-0. He is one of four athletes to win gold medals in two different Olympic sportsĀ  He graduated from St. Louis Medical College and specialized in psychiatry. As a psychiatrist, he spent 25 years at the State Department of Corrections, for which he supervised the prisoners of San Quentin and Folsom.


Rex Armstrong (1897-1968) was a rugby union prop who played for Durham Medicals, Northumberland and Barbarians and he represented England in one international during 1925. He graduated as a doctor at Newcastle University Medical School and he was the first to describe foot-and-mouth disease in man in the UK..