Lives of the fellows

Philip George Keates

b.1 October 1919 d.25 October 1981
MRCS LRCP(1943) MB BS Lond(1943) MD(1948) MRCP(1949) DMRD(1953) FRCP(1974)

Philip Keates, consultant radiologist to the United Leeds Hospitals, was educated at St Paul’s School, London, and St Thomas’s Hospital. He qualified in medicine in 1943 and, after house jobs, served with the RAMC in India and in the invasion of Europe. After demobilization, he first trained in general medicine and then in diagnostic radiology. Once qualified, he became the first research registrar in radiology to be appointed by the University of Leeds, and during this time did some early valuable work on intravenous urography, being responsible for the section on the renal tract in the then current edition of A Textbook of Radiology by British Authors.

Following appointment to the consultant staff of Leeds General Infirmary in 1957, he became one of the pioneers of cardiac radiology. Later he developed a particular interest in the technical side of X-ray equipment and was nationally recognized as an expert.

Philip Keates was a perfectionist. Anything he undertook was done with carefully thought out detail. He had a succession of hobbies ranging from horticulture to wireless telegraphy. At heart, he was an outdoor man, happiest trudging across the Dales or camping alone in the Highlands of Scotland. He was a well known nature and sports photographer, and in recent years much of his time was spent attending sporting occasions throughout Yorkshire with his camera. He left behind him a reputation as a first class radiologist, a man who could be relied upon to give a worthwhile opinion on most subjects, and many hundreds of beautiful and exciting photographs.

KC Simpkins

(Volume VII, page 313)

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