Lives of the fellows

Edmund John Moynahan

b.28 December 1908 d.18 November 1999
MRCS LRCP(1934) MRCP(1947) FRCP(1957)

Edmund John Moynahan was a distinguished dermatologist in London. He was born in Kilrush, County Clare, Ireland, where his father, Richard Joseph, was a physician and surgeon. His mother, Mina née Murray was the daughter of a cigar importer. He was educated at Holloway School, London, and then studied medicine at University College Hospital. He was a house surgeon at UCH in 1935 and then an assistant medical officer in Leicester.

From 1936 to 1945 he served in the Royal Air Force, first with flying training and fighter and coastal command units. During the early part of the war he served with training command units, including No 1 depot, RAF, and also helped to establish the officer's hospital in Torquay. From 1943 until his demobilization, he was employed as a specialist in venereology and was in charge of the RAF dermatology unit in Blackpool.

From 1947 to 1949 he was a registrar in the dermatology department at Guy's Hospital. From 1949 he was an assistant physician there, and also rapidly gained consultant positions at Joyce Green, Orpington, Sevenoaks and Farnborough hospitals. He was eventually appointed physician in charge of the department of dermatology at the Hospital for Sick Children, Great Ormond Street, and was an honorary lecturer in paediatric dermatology at the Institute of Dermatology, University of London.

He was interested in field biology, particularly animal ecology and ornithology, human genetics, prehistory, Hellenic studies, and Renaissance science and medicine. He skied and climbed in most of the European mountain ranges.

He married Elizabeth Isabel née May, the daughter of a clothing manufacturer, in 1936 and they had two sons and a daughter.

(Volume XI, page 408)

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