Lives of the fellows

Dennis Vernon William Parke

b.15 November 1922 d.? 2002
MB BS Lond(1943) BS Stanford(1945) BSc(1948) PhD DSc CChem FRSC FIBiol FRCPath Hon FRCP(1998)

Dennis Vernon William Parke was a former professor and head of department of biochemistry at the University of Surrey. He was born in London, the eldest son of William and Florence Parke, and was educated at West Ham Municipal Secondary School. He went on to Chelsea and University College, London, qualifying MB BS in 1943 and gaining a BSc in chemistry in 1948. His academic career was interrupted by a period of war service, when he served in the RAMC from 1942 to 1947.

From 1948 to 1949 he was head of the department of microbiological chemistry at Glaxo Labs Ltd. He then went to St Mary's Hospital medical school, where he was a research assistant to R T Williams. In 1952 he was appointed as a lecturer in biochemistry and pathology, and subsequently became a senior lecturer. From 1962 he was a reader. He was appointed as the first professor of biochemistry at the University of Surrey in 1967.

He was the founding editor of Xenobiotica from 1973 to 1990. He wrote several books on food, nutrition and toxicology and some 400 scientific papers. He was a member of the Committee on Safety of Drugs from 1968 to 1970 and of the Committee on Safety of Medicines from 1970 to 1983. He was a WHO consultant in industrial toxicology, food toxicology and public health, and was on the WHO expert panel on food additives from 1975 to 1988. He was also a consultant to the Environmental Protection Agency in Washington DC.

He was an examiner for many universities in the UK and abroad, including Edinburgh, Liverpool, Newcastle, Nairobi, Auckland, Singapore and Sydney.

He married Doreen Joan Dunn in 1943 and they had two sons and one daughter.

RCP editor

(Volume XII, page web)

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