b.16 May 1911 d.29 October 1998
CBE(1971) MB ChB St And(1933) MRCP(1937) MD(1960) MRCP Edin(1961) FRCP Edin(1965) MSc Manch(1976) FRCP(1948)
Henry Taylor Howat was a consultant physician at Manchester Royal Infirmary. He was born in Pittenweem, Fife, to parents who were both headteachers. He studied medicine at St Andrews University. During the second world war he was a physician specialist with the army, serving in the Middle East, France and Germany, and reaching the rank of honorary lieutenant colonel.
After the war, he went to Manchester, where in 1948 he was appointed as a physician at Manchester Royal Infirmary and as a lecturer in medicine at Manchester University. In 1972 he was appointed as the first professor of gastro-enterology at Manchester University.
From 1968 to 1973 he was chairman of the executive committee of the United Manchester Hospitals, and in 1973 was elected Manchester Man of the Year. In 1971 he was awarded the CBE. He had a particular interest in pancreatic disease and was the first president of the European Pancreatic Club.
After his retirement he edited The exocrine pancreas (London, Saunders, 1979) with H Sarles. He was married to Rosaline (also a doctor). They had two sons, John and Andrew (one a general surgeon) and a daughter, Henrietta. There are three grandchildren.
Sarah Jane Gillam
[Brit.med.J., 1999,318,1292; Proc.RCP.Edin., 1999,29,361]
(Volume XI, page 278)
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