Adolphe Abrahams

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Sir Adolphe Abrahams
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Born (1883-02-06)6 February 1883
Cape Town, South Africa
Died 11 December 1967(1967-12-11) (aged 84)
Nationality United Kingdom
Occupation Physician

Sir Adolphe Abrahams OBE FRCP (6 February 1883 – 11 December 1967) was a British medical doctor who is considered to be the founder of British sports science.[1][2]


Abrahams was born in Cape Town on 6 February 1883, the son of Isaac and Esther Abrahams.[1] He was educated at Bedford Modern School between 1891 and 1899,[1][3][4][5] at Bedford School, and at Emmanuel College, Cambridge.[1][6][7][8]

Abrahams is considered the founder of British sports science.[2] He was the medical officer in charge of the British Olympic teams from 1912 until 1948.[1] He also was president of the British Association of Sports and Medicine and fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine.[9]

Abrahams was knighted in 1939.[1]

Family life[edit]

Abrahams married Adrienne Walsh in 1922; they had a son and a daughter.[1] He was the elder brother of the athletes Harold Abrahams CBE and Sir Sidney Abrahams KC. He died on 11 December 1967.[1]


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  2. ^ a b "Sports Science Handbook: I-Z". Retrieved 12 July 2015. 
  3. ^ "Whos Who, Men and Women of the Time, 1935". Mocavo. Retrieved 1 June 2015. 
  4. ^ School of the Black and Red, by Andrew Underwood
  5. ^ "Photograph of Old Bedford Modernian XIX Century Luncheon". Retrieved 1 June 2015. 
  6. ^ "The Harpur Trust 1552-1973", by Joyce Godber 1973
  7. ^ "Beford Modern School of the Black And Red", by Andrew Underwood 1981
  8. ^ "Who's Who". Retrieved 1 June 2015. 
  9. ^ "Sir Adolphe Abrahams, Prominent British Jewish Physician, Dead at 84". Jewish Telegraphic Agency. Retrieved 1 June 2015.