Lives of the fellows

Peter Noel Magee

b.21 December 1921 d.11 February 2000
MRCS LRCP(1945) MB BChir Cantab(1946) FRCPath(1970) MRCP(1972) FRCP(1982)

Peter Noel Magee was director of the Fels Institute, Temple University, Philadelphia, and a former Philip Hill professor of experimental biochemistry at Middlesex Hospital Medical School. He was born in Sheffield, the son of John Albert Magee, a GP in a mining village in Derbyshire. He was educated at Worksop College, and then went on to Cambridge and then University College Hospital to study medicine.

He held house physician posts at UCH and Kent and Sussex Hospital. He then joined the RAF as a medical officer. In 1950 he was a house physician at Hampstead General Hospital and then a Graham scholar in pathology at UCH from 1951 to 1953.

From 1953 to 1956 he was a member of the scientific staff at the Medical Research Council’s toxicology research unit at Carshalton. In 1967 he was appointed as Philip Hall professor at Middlesex, a post he held until 1975. He then accepted the position of director of the Fels Research Institute and professor of pathology at Temple University, Philadelphia.

His research helped establish the view that all cancers are the result of damage to DNA leading to mutation. He edited Cancer Research for nine years, received many honours, and gave prestigious lectures.

In 1951 he married Ines Verspyck, the daughter of an artist. They had a daughter and a son. He is remembered as a quiet, modest man of great culture and charm.

RCP editor

[Brit.med.J., 2000,320,1673]

(Volume XI, page 371)

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