Lives of the fellows

Thomas Hanley

b.12 June 1920 d.5 June 2007
MRCS LRCP(1943) MB BS Lond(1943) MD(1948) MRCP(1948) FRCP(1970)

Thomas Hanley was a consultant physician in geriatric medicine in Harrogate. He was born in Thornley, County Durham, the son of Thomas Hanley, a farmer and a master butcher, and Edith Evelyn Hanley née Hedley, the daughter of a master butcher. Hanley was educated at Thornley Boys’ School and then A J Dawson Grammar School in Wellfield, Durham. He went on to study medicine at King’s College Hospital Medical School, and qualified in 1943.

He was a house physician at King’s under Terence East [Munk’s Roll, Vol.VI, p.157] and Samuel Nevin [Munk’s Roll, Vol.VII, p.428], and then joined the Army in the middle of the Second World War. He served as regimental medical officer to the 5th Parachute Brigade in Europe, Malaya and Java. Later he was medical officer at the Guards Depot at Caterham. He was demobilised in 1947.

He returned to King’s as a senior registrar and later first assistant in the cardiology department under East and Samuel Oram [Munk’s Roll, Vol.IX, p.398]. From 1951 to 1952 he was a Nuffield research fellow in the Medical Research Council’s radioisotopes unit at the Postgraduate Medical School of London. In 1952 he was appointed as a lecturer in medicine at Sheffield University and an honorary assistant physician at the City General Hospital. In 1957 he joined the Wellcome Foundation, where he was director of clinical research, and an honorary research fellow at Guy’s Hospital’s department of medicine.

He then turned to geriatric medicine. He was a senior lecturer in geriatric medicine at the University of Manchester and a consultant at Withington Hospital. His final appointment was as a consultant in geriatric medicine in Harrogate.

Outside medicine he was interested in horses, French piano music and fox hunting (he was a member of the East Sussex and Romney Marsh Hunt).

He was twice married. His second wife was Marit née Hansen, whom he married in 1962. He had three children – two sons and a daughter.

RCP editor

(Volume XII, page web)

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