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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
18th January 1973 Born today: Crispian Mills, London, vocalist/guitarist (Kula Shaker)
18th January 1950 Christopher Fry's Venus Observed, premieres in London
18th January 1884 General Charles Gordon departs London for Khartoum
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Theodore Hamblin - the 1st UK Contact Lens Practice
Location: 18 Cavendish Square
Description: This was the location of Theodore Hamblin, the first practice in the UK to specialise in contact lenses.
Founded by Josef Dallos (1905-1979) in 1937.
Josef Dallos was born in Budapest, the son of a head teacher. He qualified as a doctor in 1928 working in the Number 1 University Clinic of Ophthalmology under Professor Emile de Grosz. He soon took up contact lens fitting using the original Zeiss lenses. He suggested some improvements in their design which were jointly patented with Zeiss.