Lives of the fellows

Aubrey Rudyard Kagan

b.20 August 1919 d.17 May 1995
MRCS LRCP(1942) MB BS Lond(1946) DPH(1947) MRCP(1954) FFCM(1972) FRCP( 1975)

Much of Aubrey Rudyard Kagan’s career was spent as an epidemiologist at the World Health Organization, based in Geneva, Switzerland. His roots were in England despite his subsequent international and European links. He was born in London just after the First World War, where his father, Adolphe, was a violinist. Kagan was educated at the Polytechnic Secondary School and studied medicine at University College, London, and the Westminster Hospital, qualifying at the beginning of the Second World War.

He joined the Royal Chest and Heart Hospital in 1950 as a senior registrar and remained there until 1954. Of his senior posts, he worked as a clinical epidemiologist at the social medicine research unit and as chief research epidemiologist at the Non-communicable Disease Unit at WHO in Geneva. He was later visiting professor of epidemiology at the Laboratory for Clinical Stress Research at the Karolinska Institute, Stockholm.

His main research interest was heart disease. He published a variety of papers on atherosclerosis, thrombosis, coronary heart disease, hypertension, social stress and disease. He was a fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine.

He married Barbara Jean Blower in 1950 and they had two sons and one daughter. They lived in Vaud, Switzerland, after his retirement. At the time of his election to the Fellowship he listed his hobbies as walking, talking, skiing and sleeping.

RCP editor

[Brit.med.J., 1995,311,1160]

(Volume X, page 273)

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