Lives of the fellows

Arthur Whitley Branwood

b.18 August 1919 d.26 September 2004
MB ChB Edin(1942) MRCP Edin(1945) MD(1947) MRCP(1948) FRCP Edin(1948) FACP(1968) FRCPath(1969) FRCP(1974)

Arthur Whitley Branwood was professor of pathology at Cornell University, New York. He was born in Weaverham, Cheshire, the son of George Leslie Branwood, a marine engineer, and Elsie Branwood née Whitley, the daughter of a civil engineer. He was educated at St John Dean’s School in Cheshire, and then went on to Edinburgh University to study medicine. He qualified in 1942 with distinctions in anatomy, physiology and pathology.

He was exempt from military service, and spent the Second World War in Edinburgh, at the Infirmary. He was a clinical tutor in medicine from 1943 to 1944 and then a demonstrator and assistant in pathology from 1944 to 1948. During this period he gained his MD. He went on to lecturer posts, first in clinical medicine and subsequently in pathology.

He then left Edinburgh and went to Aberdeen, where, from 1957, he was a lecturer in pathology at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary and a consultant pathologist.

In 1963 he emigrated to the United States, where he was professor of pathology at Cornell Medical Center, New York, and an attending pathologist at New York Hospital. From 1971 he was professor of pathology at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, and attending pathologist at the Presbyterian Hospital, New York, and director of laboratories at Francis Delafield Hospital.

He wrote extensively on a variety of topics in pathology, particularly in relation to cardiology. In 1963 his book, Modern concepts of the pathogenesis of coronary atherosclerosis (Edinburgh/London, E & S Livingstone) was published.

At the time of his election to the fellowship of the RCP in 1974 he listed history of medicine, Viking and Icelandic sagas, gardening and golf as his interests.

In 1950 he married Alison Harper, the daughter of a businessman. They had one daughter.

RCP editor

(Volume XII, page web)

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