Lives of the fellows

Quentin John Gotch Hobson

b.2 July 1918 d.10 January 2008
BA Oxon(1939) BM BCh(1942) MRCP(1947) DM(1951) FRCP(1969)

Quentin John Gotch Hobson was a consultant physician at West Middlesex Hospital, Isleworth. He was born in Kensington, London, the son of Frederick Greig Hobson [Munk’s Roll, Vol.V, p.192] and his wife, Audrey Brunel Horsley née Gotch. His mother was the daughter of Francis Gotch, a fellow of the Royal Society, who was Waynefleet professor of physiology at the University of Oxford. Educated at the Dragon School in Oxford and then at Marlborough College, he proceeded to study medicine at New College, Oxford. He qualified in 1942 and was house surgeon at the Radcliffe Infirmary.

Later that year he enrolled in the RAMC as a lieutenant and served in West Africa, India and Burma. In 1944 he was a captain and regional medical officer to the 5th Battalion of the Nigerian Regiment and the following year, was a major with 2nd (West African) Field Ambulance.

On demobilisation, he did house jobs at the Postgraduate Medical School in London, where he eventually became senior registrar and medical tutor. He spent six months in the USA in 1951, as Schering fellow in clinical endocrinology at the University of California in San Francisco. In 1952 he was appointed consultant physician to the West Middlesex Hospital in Isleworth. He was a fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine.

In 1952, he married Pamela Diana Morgan, the widow of Lieutenant R A Morgan, who had been killed in action at sea in 1942. Her father, Henry Bradford Maltby, was a rear admiral in the Royal Navy.

Small boat sailing and fishing were his favourite hobbies. He had two step children, a son and a daughter, and three sons.

RCP editor

(Volume XII, page web)

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