Lives of the fellows

Alan Carruth Stevenson

b.27 January 1909 d.18 September 1995
BSc Glasg(1930) MB ChB(1933) LRCP LRCS(1933) LRFPS(1933) MRCP(1935) DPH( 1937) MD(1946) FRCP(1955) MA Oxon(1966)

Alan Carruth Stevenson was the director of the MRC’s population genetics research unit at Oxford and latterly professor of social and preventative medicine at Queen’s University, Belfast. He was born in Glasgow where his father, Allan Stevenson, was a marine engineer. He was educated at Glasgow Academy and then went on to study medicine at Glasgow University Medical School. He completed junior hospital appointments at the Glasgow Royal Infirmary and Highgate Hospital.

From the outbreak of the Second World War in 1939 to October 1945 he was a member of the RAMC. During his period of service he was mentioned in despatches.

From 1946 to 1948 he was a reader in public health medicine at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

In 1948 he was appointed professor of social and preventative medicine at Queens University, Belfast, and honorary physician at the Royal Victoria Hospital, and the Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children.

He went on to head the MRC’s population genetics research unit at Oxford, holding an honorary consulting post in human genetics at the Oxford United Hospitals and a lecturer post in medical genetics at Oxford University.

He married Annie Gordon Sheila (née Steven), the daughter of a brassfounder, in 1937 and they had two sons and one daughter. At the time of his election to the Fellowship of the College in 1955 he listed photography among his interests.

RCP editor

(Volume X, page 469)

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