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Extraordinary, almost invisible Brits

Some people are all too visible in the news. These Brits have not received much attention.

The British diplomats and military advisers who have been working secretly in Libya for the last three months.

Captain George Hunt, "who sank more enemy ships than any other British submariner of the Second World War, commanding patrols that were considered of 'unsurpassed' daring and brilliance".

Not only an outstanding urologist and a surgeon of great ability, John Blandy "was also a caring physician and a fine teacher. Because of his excellent written English — a rarity in the medical world — he was able to communicate to a wide audience both nationally and internationally". He made helpful advances in treating renal stone disease, benign prostatic disease, bladder and testicular cancer and male infertility.

Dorothy Crowfoot Hodgkin, who gazed inside the crystal structure of penicillin, insulin, and vitamin B12, and went on to develop their synthetic versions, making them available to millions.

Making many Brits less invisible, in 1917 the Order of the British Empire (OBE) and the Companion of Honour (CH) were awarded for the first time.

(Not everyone who would have been awarded an OBE wanted the attention. CS Lewis is said to have declined.)

Comments (1)

Well done you, Cat. Hugely valuable. The CH could use much more attention -- or perhaps not: let's keep it quiet and dignified. More soon: I have some ideas!

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