Lives of the fellows

Ian Taylor

b.20 May 1906 d.28 May 1999
OBE MRCS LRCP(1929) DPH(1931) MB BS Lond(1933) MRCP(1936) MD Lond(1948) FRCP(1966)

Ian Taylor was an epidemiologist. He was born in London, the son of Patrick Taylor, a company director, and Jeanie née Kelman. He studied medicine at King's College London, and went on to hold house surgeon and casualty officer posts there. From 1931 to 1939 he held various appointments at several London Fever Hospitals. In 1939 he was appointed as a divisional medical officer for London County Council.

From 1945 to 1946 he was a lieutenant colonel in the RAMC, working with the civilian populations in the Netherlands and Germany.

Following his demobilization, he was appointed as a medical officer at the epidemiological section of the Ministry of Health. From 1949 he was principal medical officer (epidemiology) at the London County Council.

He wrote Principles of epidemiology with J Knowelson (London, J & A Churchill, 1957) and numerous papers and articles on infectious diseases, principally on the mode of spread of dysentery and the notification of communicable diseases. From 1953 to 1959 he was editor of the British Journal of Preventive and Social Medicine. He was president of the section of epidemiology at the Royal Society of Medicine from 1956 to 1957, and a member of the MRC committees on poliomyelitis and inoculations.

He had two wives. In 1939 he married Mabel Robb, the daughter of a solicitor, but she died just two years later. In 1944 he married Enid Campbell. He had one son.

RCP editor

(Volume XI, page 576)

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