Lives of the fellows

John Dobbing

b.14 August 1922 d.2 May 1999
BSc Lond(1950) MB BS Lond(1953) MRCPath(1963) MRCP(1974) FRCPath(1975) FRCP(1981) DSc Manch(1982) Hon FRCPCH (1997)

John Dobbing was an emeritus professor of child growth and development at the University of Manchester. He was born in Sheffield, the son of Alfred Herbert Dobbing, a schoolmaster, and was educated at Bootham School, York. He went on to study medicine at St Mary's Hospital, graduating in 1953.

He was a house physician at St Mary's in 1953 and then a house surgeon at Perivale Maternity Hospital in 1954. He was a lecturer in pathology and Gull student at Guy's Hospital until 1961, when he became senior lecturer at the Institute of Child Health, London. In 1968 he moved to Manchester and in 1974 was appointed to a new research chair in growth and development.

His research interests included nutrition and quantitative aspects of the growth and development of the human brain. He wrote Applied neurochemistry (Oxford, Blackwells, 1968), Scientific foundations of paediatrics (London, Heinemann, 1974) and Maternal nutrition in pregnancy (London, Academic Press, 1981). He was a member of the neurosciences board at the Medical Research Council.

At the time of his election to the Fellowship in 1981 he listed farming and Islamic architecture as his interests.

He was married twice; firstly, in 1946, to Rachel Severn, the daughter of an insurance manager, and secondly, in 1981, to Jean Sand. He had one son (Christopher) and two daughters (Katie and Mary).

RCP editor

(Volume XII, page web)

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