Born in British Guyana, Russell was one of the UK’s first black or mixed-race consultants. Picture: English Heritage.
ONE OF Britain’s first black British consultants, pioneering neurologist James Samuel Risien Russell has today been commemorated with an English Heritage London blue plaque.
The plaque marks 44 Wimpole Street, the impressive house which served as J. S. Risien Russell’s home and private practice from 1902 until his death in March 1939.
Dr Risien Russell played a critical role in establishing the British school of neurology in the 1890s and was revered in his day.
The importance of his contribution has only recently been understood, thanks to new research by the Windrush Foundation. His track record as a teacher, researcher and physician is remarkable by any standards, but all the more so considering the racial prejudice of the era.