Lives of the fellows

Christopher Royston Pennington

b.22 February 1946 d.20 May 2002
BSc Manch(1967) MB ChB(1970) MRCP(1972) MD(1977) FRCP Edin(1983) FRCP(1993)

Christopher Royston Pennington was professor of clinical nutrition at Dundee University and a consultant gastroenterologist and physician at Ninewells Hospital. The only son of a Welsh Methodist minister, Pennington grew up in Wales and the West Country and studied medicine at the University of Manchester, graduating in 1970.

He held junior posts in Manchester, Dundee and Aberdeen. In 1979 he was appointed as a consultant in Dundee, and during his career helped establish the city as a referral centre for patients with intestinal failure. He had a wide range of professional interests, including the management of inflammatory bowel disease, disease-related malnutrition and artificial nutritional support. An influential paper, which he wrote with Janet McWhirter, showed the incidence of malnutrition in hospital practice (, 1994, 308, 945-948).

He was a long-time member of the British Society of Gastroenterology and of the Nutrition Society. From 2000 to 2002 he was chairman of the British Association for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (BAPEN), and organised the European Society for Clinical Nutrition and Metabolism congress in Glasgow. He contributed to postgraduate courses in clinical nutrition throughout Europe.

He died from a brain tumour, leaving his wife, Jane, and a daughter, Susan.

RCP editor

[,2002 325 497; Nutrition 18; 997, 2002; BAPEN ( – accessed 11 June 2010]

(Volume XII, page web)

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