Lives of the fellows

Brian Douglas Bower

b.17 January 1925 d.22 September 1999
MB ChB Birm(1948) MRCP(1951) DCH(1953) MD(1956) FRCP(1968)

Brian Douglas Bower was a consultant paediatrician and an honorary senior lecturer at the University of Oxford. He was born in Huddersfield, the son of Laurence Bower, a schoolmaster, and Doris née Dyson, the daughter of a draper. He was educated at Christ’s Hospital and then went on to study medicine at Birmingham University, graduating MB ChB with a distinction.

After National Service in the Royal Army Medical Corps, he trained in paediatrics in Birmingham and at the Radcliffe Infirmary, Oxford, under Victoria Smallpeice [Munk’s Roll, Vol.IX, p.479] and H L Ellis [Munk’s Roll, Vol.XII, web]. In 1955, he became a lecturer at Birmingham, and subsequently became a senior lecturer.

In 1966, he returned to Oxford, where he provided an expert neurological service. He also played an important part in establishing Green College and became a founding fellow in 1979.

He carried out research into pink disease, hypothyroidism, Hirschsprung’s disease and epilepsy. He also developed neonatology at the Sorrento Maternity Hospital, Birmingham, and carried out studies of cold injury, hyperbilirubinaemia, hypoglycaemia and respiratory disease syndrome.

Outside medicine, he was interested in ornithology, enjoyed travelling, and was knowledgeable about art, architecture and gardening.

In 1949, he married Pamela Mary Christine née Aitchison, also a doctor. They had a daughter, Frances, and a son, Stephen, as well as four grandchildren. He died from a ruptured aortic aneurysm.

RCP editor

[Brit.med.J. 1999 319 1579]

(Volume XII, page web)

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