Br J Sports Med 39:969 doi:10.1136/bjsm.2005.019331
  • Occasional piece

William Penny Brookes (1809–1895): forgotten Olympic Lord of the Rings

  1. H Ashrafian
  1. Correspondence to:
 Dr Ashrafian
 Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children, London WC1N 3JH, UK;
  • Accepted 3 April 2005


The contribution of Dr William Penny Brookes (1809–1895) to the Olympic Games is scarcely reported in the medical literature. Presented here is a brief report of his life and work. Furthermore, the need to promote public health and fitness through the Olympics is re-emphasised.