Lives of the fellows

John Edmund Williams

b.27 August 1930 d.11 February 2003
BSc Wales(1952) MB BCh(1955) DMRD(1960) MRCP Edin(1961) FFR(1962) FRCP Edin(1969) FRCR(1975) FRCP(1982) Hon FFR RCSI(1988)

John Edmund Williams was director of the department of diagnostic radiology at St George’s Hospital, London. He was born in Penarth, Wales, the son of John Edgar Williams, a company secretary. He was educated at Penarth Grammar School, and then went on to study medicine at University College, Cardiff, and the Welsh National School of Medicine, qualifying in 1955.

From 1955 to 1957, he held house appointments in surgery, paediatrics and medicine at the Royal Infirmary, Cardiff. He was then a registrar in diagnostic radiology in Cardiff and later in Sheffield. From 1961 to 1963, he was a senior registrar at the London Hospital.

In 1963 he was appointed as a consultant radiologist at the Royal Infirmary, Cardiff, a post he held until 1972. During this period, he spent a year (1968 to 1969) as an assistant professor at the University of Washington, Seattle. In 1972, he became director of radiology at St George’s Hospital, London.

Outside medicine, at the time of his election to the fellowship, he listed traditional jazz, classical music, medical history, playing golf and watching Welsh rugby among his hobbies and interests.

In 1957, he married Gwen Elizabeth née Price, a medical graduate and the daughter of Evan Ewart Price, headmaster of Bethesda Grammar School. They had one son and two daughters: his son became a medical student and one of his daughters was a nurse.

RCP editor

(Volume XII, page web)

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