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Acheson, Sir (Ernest) Donaldlocked

KBE 1986

Born 17 Sept. 1926; s of Malcolm King Acheson, MC, MD, and Dorothy Josephine Rennoldson; m 1st, Barbara Mary Castle (marr. diss. 2002); one s four d (and one d decd); 2nd, 2002, Angela Judith Roberts; one d; died 10 Jan. 2010

Chief Medical Officer, Departments of Health and of Social Security (formerly Department of Health and Social Security), Department of Education and Science and Home Office, 1983–91


Merchiston Castle Sch., Edinburgh; Brasenose Coll., Oxford (Theodore Williams Schol. in pathology, 1946; MA, DM; Hon. Fellow, 1989); Middlesex Hospital (Sen. Broderip Schol. in Med., Surg. and Pathol., 1950)


FRCP 1967; FFPH (FFPHM 1972); FFOM 1985; FRCS 1988; FRCOG 1992. Acting Sqdn Leader, RAF Med. Br., 1953–55. Medical Practitioner, 1951; various clinical posts at Middlesex Hosp.; Radcliffe Trav. Fellow of University Coll., Oxford, 1957–59; Medical Tutor, Nuffield Dept of Medicine, Radcliffe Infirmary, Oxford, 1960; Dir, Oxford Record Linkage Study and Unit of Clin. Epidemiology, 1962; May Reader in Medicine, 1965; Fellow, Brasenose Coll., Oxford, 1968; Prof. of Clinical Epidemiology, Univ. of Southampton, and Hon. Consultant Physician, Royal South Hants Hosp., 1968–83; Foundation Dean, Faculty of Med., Southampton Univ., 1968–78; Dir, MRC Unit in Environmental Epidemiology, 1979–83. Member: Wessex Regional Hosp. Bd, 1968–74; Hampshire AHA (Teaching) 1974–78; Chm., SW Hants and Southampton DHA, 1981–83; Member: Adv. Cttee on Asbestos, Health and Safety Exec., 1978; Royal Commn on Environmental Pollution, 1979–83; UGC, 1982–83; GMC, 1984–91; MRC, 1984–91; Chairman: Slow Virus Group, DHSS, 1979–80; Primary Health Care Inner London Gp, DHSS, 1980–81; Enquiry into Public Health in England, 1988; Home Office Adv. Cttee on Health of Prisoners, 1992–94; Internat. Centre for Health and Society, UCL, 1996–2003; Ind. Inquiry into Inequalities in Health, DoH, 1997–98. UK Rep., Exec. Bd, WHO, 1988–90; Special Rep. of WHO in former Yugoslavia, 1992–93. Trustee, SCF, 1991–93. R. Samuel McLaughlin Vis. Prof., McMaster Univ., 1977; King’s Fund Travelling Fellow, NZ Postgrad. Med. Fedn, 1979; Vis. Prof. of Internat. Health, Dept of Public Health and Policy, LSHTM, 1991–98. Lectures included: inaugural Adolf Streicher Meml, Stoke-on-Trent, 1978; Walter Hubert, British Assoc. for Cancer Res., 1981; Christie Gordon, Univ. of Birmingham, 1982; Edwin Chadwick Centennial, LSHTM, 1990; Harveian Orator, RCP, 1998. Examiner in Community Medicine: Univ. of Aberdeen, 1971–74; Univ. of Leicester, 1981–82; Examiner in Medicine, Univ. of Newcastle upon Tyne, 1975. Mem., Assoc. of Physicians of GB and Ire, 1965– (Pres. 1979); Pres., RIPH&H, 1999–2004. Founder FMedSci 1998. Hon. Fellow: LSHTM 1985; UCL, 1994. Hon. FRSocMed 1994. Hon. DM Southampton, 1984; Hon. DSc: Newcastle, 1984; Salford, 1991; Ulster, 1998; Hon. MD: QUB, 1987; Nottingham, 1989; Birmingham, 1991; Hon. LLD Aberdeen, 1988. Leon Bernard Foundn Prize, WHO, 1994


Medical Record Linkage, 1967; Multiple Sclerosis, a reappraisal, 1966; Medicine, an outline for the intending student, 1970; One Doctor’s Odyssey: the social lesion (memoir), 2007; scientific papers on epidemiology of cancer, multiple sclerosis and other chronic diseases, medical education and organisation and inequalities of medical care


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