Sir Mansel Aylward


Sir Mansel Aylward, born in the Ex-servicemen’s Club, November 1942.

Historian Carl Llewellyn writes, “I don’t believe men like Sir Mansel Aylward ever retire; their expertise and medical knowledge is far too important to be put out to pasture.”

Sir Mansel was knighted in the 2010 New Years Honours List, was made a Freeman of the Borough of Merthyr Tydfil in 2013 and became the Dowlais Male Choir’s President in 2014.

The following article mentions his education and university qualifications:

Merthyr Express November 1967 (Transcribed by Carl Llewellyn)




Mansel Aylward, 25 year old son of Mr and Mrs John Aylward of, 1, Bridgefield Terrace, Merthyr Tydfil, has been awarded the coveted distinction of honours in the recent final examinations for degrees of Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery at the Universality of London. The award of honours is only granted to a few of the successful candidates who obtain the highest marks in the particular subjects of the examination and who further satisfy the examiners at an extra oral examination for honours.

Doctor Aylward gained the diplomas of Member of the Royal College of Surgeons and Licentiate of the Royal College of Physicians in July of this year. He was head boy at Cyfarthfa Grammar School in 1960-61 and entered the London Hospital Medical College in October 1961, after winning the Price Entrance Scholarship in Science and a state Scholarship.

Doctor Aylward gained several distinctions and prizes. At the end of his first year he was awarded the Letherby Prize in Biochemistry and the class prize in Experimental Physiology. At the second examination in 1963 he was awarded the Buxton Prize in Anatomy and Physiology as the candidate who obtained the highest aggregate marks at the Second Medical Examination of the University of London.

In July, 1964 Doctor Aylward received the degree of  Bachelor of Medicine with honours in Physiology. Whilst engaged in the clinical course of his career he was awarded the George Riddoch Prize in Neurology after presenting a thesis on “The Basal Ganglia and control of Involuntary Movements”. In 1965 he was elected President of the Clubs Union of the London Hospital and served in this post for the academic year 1965-66.

Doctor Aylward lives in London with his wife Angela and their young son Simon. He is taking up an appointment on December 1, as house physician to Dr Lawson MacDonald, an eminent heart specialist and will remain in London for some time to obtain postgraduate tuition in medicine so that he may specialise in obstetrics and gynaecology.


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