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Philip Jardine was born in Edinburgh in 1914 and died in Bristol on the day after his 81st birthday, 4 December 1995. He was an ophthalmic surgeon of distinction. He was a resident in Moorfields (1942–4) under Ida Mann’s tutelage. Having obtained his Edinburgh fellowship, his consultant appointment at the Bristol Eye Hospital was delayed by service with the RAF. His 33 years on the staff encompassed many advances to which he contributed. He is remembered for his bilateral cataract surgery; however, he first inserted an intraocular lens in 1951 and passed through a variety of techniques to finish with endocapsular surgery in 1981. An enthusiastic supporter of junior staff, especially the Australasians, he gave constructive support to their research particularly in 1958 on B12 and tobacco amblyopia, and in 1960 work on toxocariasis. He was president of the South Western Ophthalmological Society in 1969–70. His extensive knowledge of literature and mastery of language extended to French and German. This he supplemented with a working knowledge of Russian and Spanish in retirement. His scientific turn of mind became apparent in his prime hobby, gardening, from which he derived great pleasure.