The Oxford Ophthalmological Congress was founded in 1909 by Robert Doyne, who had also founded the Oxford Eye Hospital in 1886. The Congress quickly became established as a major UK national ophthalmic meeting and also had an international flavour, with guest speakers from Europe, the USA and “the old colonies”. The present Congress organisers have maintained this policy of inviting distinguished overseas speakers to contribute to symposia. Robert Doyne, if he was alive today, would recognise that the scientific programme of the 101st Oxford Ophthalmological Congress, which is just about to take place, is based on the original blueprint of his 1909 meeting.
Robert Doyne (1857-1916)