Lives of the fellows

Jack Fielding

b.6 December 1915 d.10 March 2007
MRCS LRCP(1939) DPH(1946) MRCP(1949) FRCPath(1963) FRCP(1973)

Jack Fielding was a consultant haematologist at St Mary’s Hospital, London, and a campaigner for peace issues, helping found the Medical Campaign Against Nuclear Weapons. He was born Jacob Mayer Feldman in London, the son of Simon Fielding, a tailor, and Rebecca Fielding née Yergis, the daughter of a timber merchant. Fielding was educated at Central Foundation Boys’ School in London and went on to study medicine at Middlesex Hospital Medical School, qualifying in 1939.

He joined the RAMC in 1940, and served until 1942. He was an assistant pathologist at St Mary’s Hospital from 1942 to 1946, and at Paddington General Hospital from 1947 to 1950.

In 1950 he was appointed as a consultant pathologist at St Mary’s Hospital, Harrow Road, becoming a consultant haematologist there in 1956. He was also an adviser to the World Health Organization (WHO): in 1951 he spent a year in India as director of the South East Asia WHO tuberculosis team. From 1956 to 1961 he was medical director of St Mary’s.

He was chairman of the expert panel on iron at the International Committee for Standardization. Many of his published papers were on iron and the anaemias.

Inspired by hearing a talk by the Australian physician and peace campaigner Helen Calidcott in 1980, Fielding became a founding member of the Medical Campaign Against Nuclear Weapons and its vice chairman. He attended the first International Physicians for Prevention of Nuclear War congress in Airlie, USA, in March 1981 and became chairman of the planning committee for the second congress, which took place in Cambridge, UK. He also played a prominent part in Professions for World Disarmament and Development.

Outside medicine, he enjoyed music, poetry and the visual arts.

In 1939 he married Lilian Florence Downs. They had three children – Anne, Peter and Rebecca – and six grandchildren.

RCP editor

[BMJ 2007 334 1171; Medicine, Conflict and Survival, Vol 23, no 4, 2007]

(Volume XII, page web)

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