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November 29, 2010, is 30th death anniversary of Dr. Paul Randall Harrington (Fig. 1). Almost 100 years back Paul was born in September 27, 1911 and thereafter educated in the Kansas City school system. He is graduated from The University of Kansas School of Medicine in 1939. He obtained orthopaedics training at St Luke Hospital in 1942. After World War II military service at the 77th Evacuation Hospital, Paul Harrington entered into practice in 1945, settling in Houston and Texas .
As a scientist, Paul is best known for the invention of dual distraction rod fixation device for spine that put the evolutionary landmark in the field of orthopaedics. Initially Paul designed distraction rod system for correction of the scoliosis deformity but later his instrumentation attained wide acceptance in the use for traumatic dorso-lumbar spine also. After 60 years of his invention we still are able to reciprocate magical results in fixation and deformity correction of spine (Fig. 2A and 2B).
During his chairmanship of the Scoliosis Research Society in 1972-1973 had been one of the eventful years in the Society's history. He delivered instructional course lectures on scoliosis correction almost every year. Over the course of his career, Paul published many papers and gave countless lectures [2,3,4]. He received numerous awards in recognition of his contributions.
Paul Randall Harrington will always be remembered for his enormous contribution to the orthopaedics.