Lives of the fellows

George Mellanby Little

b.26 January 1914 d.6 January 1993
BA Cantab(1934) MRCS LRCP(1938) MB BChir(1938) MRCP(1945) FRCP(1970)

George Mellanby Little was a nephew of Sir Edward Mellanby [Munk’s Roll, Vol.V, p.279l. He was born in Gosforth, Newcastle upon Tyne, where his father Goerge William Little was a local government officer. His mother Elizabeth, née Mellanby, was Sir Edward’s sister. George was educated at the Royal Grammar School, Newcastle, and Emmanuel College, Cambridge. His clinicals were undertaken at University College Hospital, London, and after house posts at UCH and Hurstwood Park neurosurgical unit he was appointed consultant physician to the King Edward VII Sanatorium, Midhurst, and assistant physician to the Mundesley Sanatorium in Norfolk. He himself had twice succumbed to pulmonary tuberculosis and he had therefore become interested in lung complaints. He pioneered lung function testing outside London, writing several papers on respiratory failure. He was vice-president of the British Thoracic Association and chairman of its nursing committee. He also chaired the advisory committee to the Joint Board for Clinical Nursing Studies on cardiothoracic nursing.

In 1941 he married Ninette de Chazal Wellesley Richards, daughter of a farmer, and they had three children. His interests outside medicine included gardening, golf and sailing. He won many awards for gardening, including two Banksian medals of the Royal Horticultural Society. He died suddenly of a myocardial infarction.

V C Luniewska

[Brit.med.J., 1993,306,1609]

(Volume IX, page 319)

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