Clive Lee

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Clive Lee
Born 1939
Nationality British
Education the University of Nottingham
Notable work Co-developer of the Exeter hip system, 1970

Clive Lee (born 1939) is a British engineer known for his work on the Exeter hip system in association with orthopaedic surgeon, Robin Ling. Unlike any other hip replacement, the collarless polished tapered cemented hip stem became the most widely used cemented total hip joint in the National Health Service.

Early life

Clive Lee was born in 1939. He was schooled in Solihull in the West Midlands, England. Whilst working as an apprentice for Rolls Royce, he studied mechanical engineering at the University of Nottingham, subsequently receiving a first class honours degree in 1961.[1]


In 1966, Lee was appointed assistant lecturer at University of Exeter. He went on to become fellow in the School of Engineering, Computing and Mathematics in Exeter. He has published widely in academic British and international journals.

"We were proud to name the hip after Exeter as so many people in the University and the hospital were instrumental in its development. We had significant technical and other support from the University's former department of Engineering Science.... Still the biggest pleasure for me is when people who have had replacement hips come up to me and thank me for changing their lives." - quoted by Lee sometime after 2010.[2]

In 2010, the millionth Exeter hip was implanted.[3] It became the most widely used hip replacement worldwide.[1][4]


Lee lives with his wife and two children in Exeter.[1]


  1. ^ a b c "The University of Exeter - Honorary Graduates - Friday 24 July 2009 morning ceremony". Retrieved 2018-01-03. 
  2. ^ "The Exeter Hip | SETsquared Partnership". Retrieved 2018-01-03. 
  3. ^ "The Exeter hip system celebrates 40 years and 1 million stems". Retrieved 2018-01-03. 
  4. ^ Tansey, T (2006). EARLY DEVELOPMENT OF TOTAL HIP REPLACEMENT. Wellcome. ISBN 978 085484 111 0. 
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