Lives of the fellows

Hugh Alexander Dunlop

b.31 August 1903 d.2 July 1954
MB BS Lond(1927) MSc Lond(1934) MRCS LRCP(1924) MRCP(1930) FRCP(1938)

Hugh Alexander Dunlop was fifty when he died. The son of David Dunlop, a farmer of Ayrshire, who migrated to Sussex, and his wife, Marion, he was educated at Midhurst Grammar School and studied medicine at King’s College and Westminster Hospital, where he won numerous prizes and held various junior appointments.

He had an exceptional memory and must have been both an ideal examinee and a good teacher for examinations. He was especially interested in physiology, and after graduation held a Berridge research studentship in applied physiology and a university studentship, and became demonstrator in physiology at King’s College. He also taught pharmacology and later examined in that subject at London and Cambridge.

In addition to his medical qualifications, Dunlop held the degree of M.Sc. He was elected to the staffs of the Metropolitan Hospital and the Royal Waterloo Hospital, and on the retirement of W. J. Adie became assistant physician at Charing Cross. If he had a special interest it was endocrinology, but his restless and extensive intellect carried his attention into many fields.

Hugh Dunlop was not known to a wide circle, but those who knew him well regarded him with great affection and respect. He possessed a Johnsonian memory. Born in the Burns country he could repeat every line Burns ever wrote, and he knew by heart long passages from the Bible and the English poets. He was a witty and entertaining conversationalist, but his mind was a flame which burnt itself out, leaving in the memory of his friends the recollection of a vivid, generous and lovable personality.

He married in 1926 Kathleen Mary, daughter of Mr W. Edney. They had three sons.

Richard R Trail

[Brit.med.J., 1954, 2, 103-04, 248; Lancet, 1954, 2, 146 (p); Times, 5 July 1954.].

(Volume V, page 112)

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