Lives of the fellows

Julius Lee

b.17 June 1919 d.1 November 1977
MB BS Lond(1943) MRCP(1948) MD(1961) DSc(1969) FRCP(1973)

Julius Lee was born in the East End of London. His father’s name was Nathan Lee, by occupation a company director. His mother was Gertrude, daughter of Joseph Goldstein, a minister of religion, who also lived in London.

Julius went to University College School and then studied medicine at Westminster Hospital Medical School, where he graduated in 1943. After qualification, he held resident appointments at the West Middlesex Hospital; subsequently he became medical registrar to JA Torrens at the same institution. In 1948, he took a lectureship in physiology at the Charing Cross Medical School, and he stayed at this School for the rest of his career. He rose through senior lecturer to become reader in physiology in 1964, with an honorary consultant physician’s appointment in 1967. In 1967, Julius Lee became professor of endocrine physiology, and in 1977 head of the department of physiology.

Lee was a superb teacher, much loved by his undergraduate students. He firmly believed that the teaching of clinical medicine must be very closely linked to that of basic sciences. Since he was a preclinical scientist who also practised clinical medicine - a rare combination - his teaching was very popular and respected by his students. His dual role conferred a special standing on him.

Julius Lee had a moving humility and modesty which came across to both his students and his colleagues. His observations in committees were penetrating, and he made his points with few words. His research work, focussing on the role of antidiuretic hormone in homeostasis, was of the highest order.

Stella Lee (née Cohen), whom he had married in 1945, survived him, with one daughter, Jennifer.

A Guz

[Brit.med.J., 1977, 2, 1293]

(Volume VII, page 332)

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