Lives of the fellows

Eric Arthur Wright

b.25 July 1922 d.14 February 2009
LMSSA(1944) MB BS Lond(1944) MD(1952) MRCP(1949) FRCP(1974) FRCPath

Eric Arthur Wright was professor of morbid anatomy at King’s College Hospital Medical School and consultant in pathology at King’s College Hospital. He was born in Bruton, Somerset, the son of a lecturer, Leslie Gordon, and his wife Maud May née Knight. His mother’s father, William Albert Knight, was the headmaster of Sexey’s School in Bruton. Educated at Jones’ West Monmouth School, he studied medicine at London University and Guy’s Hospital. After qualifying in 1944, he served for three years in the RAMC as a captain, part of the time in Kenya.

On his return from Africa he became a lecturer in pathology at Guy’s from 1949 to 1953. He then worked as a senior in the MRC experimental radiopathology research unit at Hammersmith Hospital for a year, becoming reader in pathology and consultant pathologist at St Mary’s Hospital in 1955. Leaving St Mary’s in 1968, he was appointed professor of morbid anatomy at King’s College Hospital Medical School and consultant in pathology at King’s College Hospital.

He held two research posts in the USA. From 1950 to 1951 he was a Rockefeller research fellow at Harvard University Medical School and between 1963 and 1964 he was a research associate at Stanford University Medical School. Various publications covered topics such as disorders of the brain and thymus and bone transplantation. He was president of the section of comparative medicine of the Royal Society of Medicine for a year from 1968.

Chess was a favourite pastime, as was scientific glass blowing.

His wife, Menna Jones, was the daughter of David Iorworth Edwards, a farmer. They married in 1949 and had two sons, David and Robin, and two daughters Anne and Sarah.

RCP editor

[St Mary’s hosp gaz, Vol.LXX, Oct/Nov 1964]

(Volume XII, page web)

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