Lives of the fellows

Geoffrey Herbert Watson

b.9 September 1920 d.27 February 1999
BSc Manchester(1941) MB ChB(1944) MRCP(1949) DCH(1951) FRCP(1968)

Geoffrey Herbert Watson was a consultant paediatrician with an interest in cardiology. He was born in Oldham, the son of Frank Watson, a schoolmaster, and Anne née Nield. He was educated at Hulme Grammar School and then went on to study medicine at Manchester University. He held house posts at Crumpsall Hospital, Manchester, and Chester Hospital, and then, in 1945, joined the RNVR as a surgeon lieutenant, serving until 1948.

Following his demobilization, he returned to Manchester Royal Infirmary, initially as a house physician, then medical registrar. From 1950 he was a house physician at Manchester Children's Hospital. In 1951 he was a house physician in the neonatal unit at St Mary's Hospital, Manchester, and then a medical registrar at the Children's Hospital. In 1954 he held a fellowship at the Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto. When he returned to Manchester a year later he was appointed as a senior registrar in child health. In 1957 he became a lecturer in child health at Manchester and in 1963 was appointed as a consultant paediatrician in Manchester across three units. At the Royal Manchester Children's Hospital he started a cardiac diagnostic service and promoted open-heart surgery for children.

He published papers on a wide range of disorders, giving his name to Watson's syndrome, which relates café au lait spots, poor intelligence and pulmonary stenosis. He married Marjorie Wright, also a doctor, in 1948 and they had a son and a daughter. He died from motor neurone disease.

[Brit.med.J., 1999,318,1492]

(Volume XI, page 606)

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