Lives of the fellows

Alan Leon Jacobs

b.11 May 1906 d.28 December 1995
BA Oxon(1928) MRCS LRCP(1931) MRCP(1936) DCH(1936) BM BCh(1937) DM(1957) FRCP(1959)

Alan Leon Jacobs was a consultant physician at the Whittington Hospital. He was born in Wales, to Jewish immigrant parents, and educated at Newport High School and Oxford University. He later went to University College Hospital, London, for his clinical studies. After qualifying he held junior hospital posts at UCH, Hounslow, Hertford County and Paddington Green Children’s Hospital. In 1934 he joined an Antarctic whaling expedition as a medical officer, becoming fluent in Norwegian, and he spent a further year in Scandinavia on a research fellowship. During the war years he was in London, at Paddington Hospital. It was at this time that he met and married his wife, Rachel, a doctor and refugee from Nazism.

In 1946 he was appointed as a physician to the Whittington Hospital. In 1956 he was subsequently appointed as a part time physician at Friern Hospital.

After his retirement he developed a second career, translating for the University of Gothenburg medical faculty. Outside his professional life he maintained interests in fishing, skiing, music and drama. He had one son and two daughters.

RCP editor

[Brit.med.J., 1996,312,505]

(Volume X, page 251)

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