Lives of the fellows

Graham Frank Joplin

b.11 May 1927 d.4 December 2006
MB ChB NZ(1951) MRCP(1956) PhD Lond(1965) FRCP(1970)

Graham Frank Joplin was professor of clinical endocrinology and a consultant physician at the Royal Postgraduate Medical School and Hammersmith Hospital, London. He was born in Wellington, New Zealand, the son of Frank Joplin, a grammar school teacher, and Mary Victoria Joplin née Feist, the daughter of a businessman. He attended Island Bay School and Wellington College, and then went on to Victoria and Otago universities.

He held a rotating internship at Wellington Hospital from 1952 to 1953. In 1954 he was a pathology registrar at Palmerston North Hospital.

He then went to the UK, where he was house physician to Russell Fraser [Munk’s Roll, Vol.X, p.149] at Hammersmith Hospital, to Francis Avery Jones [Munk’s Roll, Vol.XII, web] at the Central Middlesex Hospital and to Donald Brooks [Munk’s Roll, Vol.IX, p.57] and Lee Lander [Munk’s Roll, Vol.VII, p.333] at Brompton Hospital.

From 1957 to 1963 he was a registrar and a senior registrar to Russell Fraser. He stayed at Hammersmith; from 1963 to 1967 he was the Wellcome senior clinical research fellow and lecturer in clinical endocrinology. In 1966 he was appointed as a consultant physician. He eventually became a professor of clinical endocrinology. Under his (and Russell Fraser’s) direction Hammersmith became a world leader in endocrinology.

He published papers on a wide range of endocrinology topics, including pituitary ablation, diabetic retinopathy, diabetes during pregnancy, and calcium metabolism and bone pathology in coeliac disease.

He was a council member and secretary of the endocrine section of the Royal Society of Medicine.

Outside medicine, he listed carpentry, gardening and walking as his interests when he was elected to the fellowship of the RCP in 1970.

In 1959 he married Helen Agnes Logan, his former ward sister. They had two daughters, Pamela and Ann, and five grandchildren. Shortly before he retired he developed severe Parkinsonism, which eventually left him needing institutional care and led to his death.

RCP editor

[References:The New Zealand Medical Journal 2007 120 (1252); Brit.med.J., 2007 334 1011]

(Volume XII, page web)

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