Lives of the fellows

Julian Arthur John Hall Critchley

b.4 August 1950 d.13 July 2001
BSc Edin(1971) PhD(1976) MB ChB(1977) MRCP(1979) FRCP Edin (1991) FRCP(1994)

Julian Arthur John Hall Critchley, professor of clinical pharmacology at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, died tragically following a road accident. He was born in Beckenham, Kent. His father, Dr Octavius Hunt Critchley, was a physicist and engineer, and a consultant in nuclear safety. His mother Peggy Critchley was a maths teacher. His sister, Hilary, went on to become a senior lecturer and consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist at Edinburgh University and the Royal Infirmary. His brother, Lester, is an anaesthetist at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. He was educated at Latymer Upper School in Hammersmith, London, and went on to study medicine at Edinburgh

Following house appointments, he was appointed lecturer and honorary registrar at the department of therapeutics and clinical pharmacology at Edinburgh Royal Infirmary in 1979. He became an honorary senior registrar there in 1983.

In 1989 Julian Critchley emigrated to Hong Kong, and took up an appointment as reader and chairman of the clinical pharmacology department at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. He also held the appointment of consultant physician and clinical pharmacologist at the Prince of Wales Hospital in Hong Kong.

He became increasingly aware of the growing epidemic of diabetes, hypertension, and obesity in Hong Kong, and played a key role in the establishment of the Hong Kong Foundation for Research and Development in Diabetes. He established links with many overseas institutions, including mainland China. He was an honorary professor of clinical pharmacology at the Chinese People's Liberation Army General Hospital (301 Hospital).

He married Christine Parry West, a consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist, in 1979. They had two sons and a daughter. The Chinese University of Hong Kong will be establishing an endowment fund for diabetes research in his honour.

RCP editor

[Proc.R.Coll.Physicians.Edinb, 2001:31:369; Brit.med.J., 2002, 324, 430]

(Volume XI, page 132)

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