b.19 October 1874 d.17 March 1951
CMG(1919) BA Cantab(1896) MB BCh(1900) MD FRCP(1911)
John Nixon was born at Edinburgh, the son of Robert Bell Nixon, a freight broker, of Bombay, and his wife Margaret Selina, daughter of Surgeon-Major Alexander Hunter of the Madras Army. He was educated at Hurstpierpoint and Caius College, Cambridge, where he was Tancred student and graduated in natural sciences in 1896. He took the degrees of M.B, B.Ch, four years later, having completed his studies at St. Bartholomew’s Hospital, and then held resident appointments at St. Bartholomew’s, the Metropolitan Hospital, the Royal Westminster Ophthalmic Hospital and the Bristol Royal Infirmary. It was in Bristol that he settled. He became assistant physician to the Royal Infirmary in 1906 and physician in 1908, and during his early years on its staff was in charge of the skin department. He was appointed clinical lecturer on diseases of the skin at Bristol University in 1909 and professor of medicine in 1924, retiring in 1935 and receiving the title of emeritus professor a year later. For varying periods he belonged to the staffs of the Southmead Hospital, Cossham Memorial Hospital, Stoke Park Colony and Bristol Mental Hospital. During and after the 1914-1918 War he served as a consultant, holding the rank of colonel, with the 4th Army and the Rhine Army; he was created C.M.G. in 1919. In the years between the Wars he acted as regional adviser to the Ministry of Health, member of the Industrial Health Research Board, and inspector of examinations for the General Medical Council. After the outbreak of war in 1939, he was a regional adviser to the Emergency Medical Service and lectured on civil defence. He was Long Fox lecturer at Bristol in 1930 and FitzPatrick Lecturer at the Royal College of Physicians in 1941-42. Nixon’s wide interests in medicine embraced occupational diseases and nutritional disorders, and he wrote a Textbook of Nutrition (1938) in partnership with his wife, Dr. Doreen Walker, daughter of W. A. Walker, whom he had married in 1924. Among his non-professional activities was the study of naval medical history and ecclesiastical history. He was a lover of music and himself a fine singer. He died in Bristol Royal Infirmary, leaving a son and a daughter.
G H Brown
[Lancet, 1951; B.M.J., 1951; Times, 19 Mar. 1951; Biog.Hist.of Caius College, ii, 530]
(Volume IV, page 519)
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