Hugh Cairns
(1896-1952)

Died aged c. 56

Sir Hugh William Bell Cairns KBE, DM, FRCS (26 June 1896 – 18 July 1952) was an Australian neurosurgeon. For most of his life he lived in Britain. His concern about despatch rider injuries sparked research which led to increased used of motorcycle helmets. After one of his patients died, who happened to be the Lawrence of Arabia, he studied the positive effect the use of motorbike helmets had on the reducing the severity of head injuries.

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Hugh Cairns neurosurgeon and advocate of the crash helmet [full inscription unknown]

Woodcroft School, Whitakers Way, Loughton, United Kingdom where they was