Lives of the fellows

Peter Thomas Flute

b.12 August 1928 d.19 January 1999
TD(1970) MRCS LRCP(1951) MB BS Lond(1951) MD(1960) MRCPath(1963) MRCP(1974) FRCPath(1974) FRCP(1979)

Peter Thomas Flute was a professor of haematology at St George’s Hospital Medical School. He was born in London, the son of Richard Prickett Flute, a priest. He was educated at Southend High School and then studied medicine at King’s College, London. He held house posts at King’s College Hospital, before completing his National Service with the RAMC.

From 1955 to 1956 he was a demonstrator in pathology at King’s College Hospital Medical School. He was then awarded the Elmore research studentship at Cambridge, which led to the research for his MD thesis, an interest in haemostasis and a career in haematology.

He returned to King’s in 1958, as a lecturer in haematology. He was later made a senior lecturer and then a reader. He built up a special interest in disorders of coagulation, especially in the investigation and management of coagulation failure in advanced liver disease.

In 1972 he was appointed to the chair at St George’s. There he was closely involved in planning a blood course for the new undergraduate curriculum. In 1985 he took early retirement and became dean of postgraduate medical education for South West Thames, a post he held until September 1993. Throughout his career he held several honorary appointments with the army, latterly as honorary colonel and consultant in haematology. He was delighted to receive his Territorial Decoration in 1970.

He was a member of many postgraduate medical training committees, and was an active supporter of the Royal College of Pathologists, the Royal Society of Medicine and the British Society of Haematology, of which he was president from 1985 to 1986.

He married Ann Elizabeth Harbroe in 1952 and they had four children, Debbie, Simon, Jane and Edward.

RCP editor

[Brit.med.J., 1999,319,261; RCPath Bulletin, Apr 1999, p.17-18]

(Volume XI, page 204)

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