Lives of the fellows

William Ian Cranston

b.11 September 1928 d.22 February 2007
MB ChB Aberd(1949) MRCP(1952) MD(1957) MA Oxon(1962) FRCP(1965)

William Ian Cranston (‘Bill’) was professor of medicine at St Thomas’ Hospital, London. He was born in Glasgow, the son of Thomas Cranston, a civil servant, and Margaret Howie Cranston née Robertson, the daughter of a farmer. He was educated at Aberdeen Grammar School and Oswestry School in Shropshire, and then studied medicine at Aberdeen University. He graduated in 1949, aged just 20.

He was a house physician at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary from 1949 to 1950, and then joined the Royal Air Force for his National Service. As an acting squadron leader he served in Malta, Iraq and Germany, and on the flying hospital service.

Following his demobilisation, he joined the medical unit at St Mary’s Hospital, London. In 1956 he went to the Radcliffe Infirmary in Oxford, as assistant and then first assistant to Sir George Pickering [Munk’s Roll, Vol.VII, p.464], the professor of medicine. During his time at Oxford he spent a year at the Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center in New York.

In 1964 he was appointed as professor of medicine at St Thomas’, where he stayed until his retirement. His research focused on fever and temperature control. He was chairman of the Committee on Safety of Medicines.

In 1957 he married Pamela Isabel Pearson. Predeceased by his wife, he was survived by their four sons (Alistair, Sandy, Iain and Doug) and eight grandchildren.

RCP editor

[BMJ 2007 335 619]

(Volume XII, page web)

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