Lives of the fellows

Ronald Bolton Thompson

b.21 November 1917 d.?
MB BS Durham(1941) MRCP(1942) MD(1943) FRCP(1960)

Ronald Bolton Thompson was a consultant physician at the Royal Victoria Infirmary, Newcastle. He was born in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, the son of Alexander Jeffery Thompson, a commercial traveller, and Constance Margaret Syme Thompson née Badenoch, the daughter of an architect. He was educated at the Royal Grammar School, Newcastle, and then went on to study medicine at Durham, qualifying in 1941.

He was a house physician, medical registrar and then a first assistant in the department of medicine at Newcastle. He then joined the RAMC, where he was a graded physician and a medical specialist in East Africa and in England.

Following his demobilisation he returned to Newcastle, where he was a research fellow. Between 1952 and 1953 he held a Commonwealth (Harkness) Fund fellowship at the University of Utah in the clinic of Maxwell Wintrobe. In 1955 he became an assistant physician and then a consultant physician at the Royal Victoria Infirmary.

He wrote papers on thrombosis of the hepatic vein and megaloblastic anaemia in pregnancy, among other topics, and also wrote A short textbook of haematology (London, Pitman Medical Publishing, 1961).

Outside medicine, he enjoyed music, gardening, photography and climbing.

In 1948 he married Margaret Swinburne, the daughter of a farmer. They had two sons and two daughters.

RCP editor

(Volume XII, page web)

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