History’s Greatest Physios – Shortlist Announced

UPDATE: The Winners will be announced early, on 14 November 2019.

In this 125th anniversary year of the commencement of the Society of Trained Masseuses in the United Kingdom, arguably the beginning of the profession, the International Physiotherapy History Association (IPHA) called for nominations from the global physiotherapy and physical therapy (physio) community to help determine History’s Greatest Physios.

Nominations opened on 1st October 2019 and closed on 21 October 2019.  During this period 355 nominations were received for 48 great physios of the profession.

As the recipient of the greatest number of nominations received, the winner of the People’s Choice Award was Robin McKenzie.

Shortlisted Nominees

A shortlist of 25 nominees was determined by a subcommittee of the IPHA Executive Committee.  We are pleased to announce that they are:

Berta Bobath Mary Bromiley
Brian Mulligan Mary McMillan
Enid Graham Moira Van Oord
Freddie Kaltenborn Olive Guthrie Smith
Frederick Teepoo Hall Pehr Henrik Ling
Geoffrey Maitland Prue Galley
Gregory Grieve Robin McKenzie
Gubila Mji Rosalind Paget
Gunn Helene Engelsrud Ruth Fortune
Jane Pyman Signe Brunnstrom
Jules Rothstein Stanley Paris
Louis Gifford Valerie Taylor
Maggie Knott

Final Winners

The final winners of the History’s Greatest Physio project will be judged by a panel made up of the Executive Committee of the IPHA and invited persons.  The final winners will be announced on this page on 22 November 2019.

To ensure you don’t miss any announcements, join the IPHA (right side column under Newsletter heading) to receive our regular updates.

Project partners

We would like to thank our project partners who are helping us raise awareness of the history of our profession:


Posted by Glenn Ruscoe

Glenn is a Specialist Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist working in private practice in Perth, Australia. A strong advocate for the profession, Glenn has been heavily involved in leadership of professional associations and regulatory boards. Currently he is Managing Director of the Registry Operator of the .physio domain top level extension.

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