b.28 August 1916 d.12 February 2007
MB ChB Liverp(1941) MRCP(1949) FRCP(1973)
Nicholas Bennett-Jones was a consultant general physician and rheumatologist at Whiston and St Helens hospitals, Liverpool. He was born in Montgomeryshire, Wales, the son of Maurice Jones, a farmer, and Margaret Bennett. He was educated at the primary school at Berriw and then went on to a local grammar school. He studied medicine at Liverpool University, graduating MB ChB in 1941 with first class honours, distinctions in anatomy, public health, surgery, obstetrics and gynaecology, and several exhibitions and prizes, including the Mitchel Banks medal in anatomy and the senior Lyons Jones prize. During his clinical training he also claimed the Butterworth prize.
His first post was as house physician to Henry Cohen [Munk’s Roll, Vol.VII, p.106] at Liverpool Royal Infirmary. After six months, he joined the Royal Army Medical Corps and served with the First Battalion Queen’s Regiment in India and Burma. In 1945 he was mentioned in despatches.
Following his demobilisation, he returned to Liverpool Royal Infirmary, as a registrar and then a senior registrar. In 1949 he gained his MRCP, and in 1960 won the Nathanial Bishop Harman prize of the British Medical Association.
In May 1952 he was appointed as a consultant physician to the Liverpool Regional Hospital Board, based at Whiston and St Helens hospitals. His main clinical interest was rheumatology.
He was a member of the Heberden Society and the Liverpool Medical Institution, and a former chairman of St Helens Medical Society.
In 1967 he became the High Sheriff of Mongomeryshire. When he retired, in 1981, he went to live on Anglesey.
Outside medicine, he was a bibliophile, was interested in archaeology and enjoyed fishing.
In 1952 Nick married Ruth Williams, the daughter of Owen Herbert Williams, professor of surgery at the University of Liverpool. They had four children – David, Peter, Nicola and Owen. The eldest son became a nephrologist.
[BMJ 2007 334 1227]
(Volume XII, page web)
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