Lives of the fellows

John Denys Blainey

b.21 March 1920 d.22 December 2005
MB BS Lond(1945) MRCP(1949) MD(1951) FRCP(1965)

John Denys Blainey was professor of renal medicine at the University of Birmingham. He was born in Southampton, the son of Arthur Richard Blainey, a commissioned officer in the Australian Army. His mother, Joan née Cooke, was the daughter of an Anglican clergyman. He was educated at Queen Elizabeth’s School in Barnet, and then went on to study medicine at Middlesex Hospital Medical School.

He held house posts in Wolverhampton and Dudley, and then joined the medical branch of the RAF in 1946. He became a squadron leader and a graded specialist in pathology.

Following his demobilisation in 1948, he was a junior pathologist at Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge. In 1950 he was a medical registrar to the United Birmingham Hospitals, and three years later became professor of renal medicine at Birmingham and a consultant physician and consultant in renal disease. He wrote extensively on aspects of renal disease.

At the time of his election to the fellowship of the Royal College of Physicians in 1965 he listed music, woodworking and cabinet making, gardening, laboratory research and technology, and travel as his interests. In 1945 he married Myfanwy Davies, the daughter of a miner’s agent. They had a son and two daughters.

RCP editor

(Volume XII, page web)

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