Lives of the fellows

Robert Marshall

b.14 October 1922 d.29 December 1998
MB BChir Cantab(1947) MA(1948) MRCP(1948) MD(1956) FRCP(1972)

Robert Marshall was a pulmonary physiologist and physician in Oxford. He was born in Ikeston, Derbyshire, the son of Robert Marshall, a farmer, and Mary Eliza née Wilkinson. He was educated at Ikeston County Secondary School, and then studied at Cambridge and then Bart’s.

He was a house physician on the medical professorial unit at Bart’s and then a demonstrator in pathology. From 1948 to 1950 he was a graded pathologist in the RAMC in the Malaya district. He then returned to Bart’s, as a registrar on the medical professorial unit. From 1954 to 1955 he was a travelling fellow at the graduate school of medicine, Philadelphia. He returned to Bart’s, as a lecturer in the medical unit, and then in 1957 moved to Oxford, where he was a lecturer in the Nuffield department of surgery at the Radcliffe Infirmary. In 1964 he was appointed as a first assistant and honorary consultant chest physician at Oxford.

He made a major contribution to the field of pulmonary pathophysiology. He started his research on lung and heart disease at Bart’s and continued at Oxford, his 1965 monograph on pulmonary embolism becoming a standard text. He was a founder member and fellow of Green College.

He was a governor of the Arab Horse Society for 20 years and loved his garden and walking in the country. He married Rosemary Simpkins in 1954 and they had two sons and a daughter. He died from a cerebral tumour. His daughter predeceased him.

RCP editor

[Brit.med.J., 2000,320,123]

(Volume XI, page 380)

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