A pioneering partnership: Aubrey & Hilda Lewis
Aubrey and Hilda Lewis, c 1955 (ref:IOP/PP3/11/9)'Aubrey Lewis seems to me to have lifted psychiatric study on to a new plane … the quality of psychiatric services in this country and in many parts of the Commonwealth are inspired by him and under the leadership of many of his pupils' Sir John MacMichael, 1966.
During his 20 years as head of the Institute of Psychiatry, Sir Aubrey Lewis turned it into an internationally important centre for psychiatric research and training. His intelligence and the inquisitorial rigour of his teaching methods were legendary among his colleagues and his students.
Hilda Lewis had a far-reaching influence on the formulation of British postwar adoption policy, with her book, Deprived children, on her groundbreaking psychiatric work with orphan and abandoned children. She was also a pioneer by personal example: at a time when few women continued to work after marriage, Hilda successfully combined her career with raising four children.
Their papers at King’s College London have been catalogued as part of the Troubled Minds project, funded by the Wellcome Trust Research Resources in Medical History programme. The Archives would like to thank the Lewis family for the loan of additional items, copies of which are now in the collections.