Frank Eve was born at Silsoe, Bedfordshire, the son of Jacob Richard Eve of Bedford. He was educated at Bedford School and Emmanuel College, Cambridge, where he graduated with first-class honours in natural sciences in 1893. He held the post of demonstrator of physiology at Yorkshire College, Leeds, before going on to St. Thomas’s Hospital for his clinical training. After graduating in medicine in 1900 he obtained resident appointments at St. Thomas’s and at the Hull Royal Infirmary. He settled in consulting practice in Hull and in 1906 was made physician to the Royal Infirmary; he also became physician to the Victoria Hospital for Children in Hull. His medical interests covered many subjects — pernicious anaemia, diabetes, clinical psychology — and his description in 1932 of a new, "rocking", method of artificial respiration, which came to be known by his name and which was adopted by the Royal Navy and the Swedish Navy, brought him international fame. Outside his profession, he devoted himself to skating, at which he was an expert, golf, tennis, fishing and, latterly, to natural history. Eve married in 1911 Sarah Ellice Buyers, a doctor, by whom he had one son. He died at Beverley, which had been his home since the destruction of his house in Hull by bombing during the War.
G H Brown
[Lancet, 1952; B.M.J., 1952; Times, 10 Dec. 1952]