Lives of the fellows

David Heppenstall Mellor

b.21 September 1937 d.? October 2010
MB BCh Leeds(1959) MRCP(1964) MD(1977) MRCPCH(1996) DCH RCPS Glas(1971) FRCP(1979)

David Heppenstall Mellor was a consultant paediatric neurologist in Nottingham. Born in Huddersfield, his father, Harry, was an accountant. Educated at King James’s Grammar School, Almondbury, he studied medicine at Leeds University and Leeds General Infirmary. After qualifying in 1959, he did house jobs at St James’s Hospital in Leeds before moving to London to spend five years, from 1960 to 1965, at the Hospital for Sick Children, Great Ormond Street.

He then spent some time at University College Hospital before travelling to the USA as a research fellow at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, where he stayed from 1966 to 1968. Moving to Scotland, he then took a post as lecturer in child health and then senior registrar at the University of Aberdeen. In 1973 he was appointed a consultant paediatric neurologist at Nottingham University Hospital NHS Trust. Throughout his career he published papers on paediatric neurology and, specifically, childhood epilepsy. He was a member of the British Paediatric Association and of the British Paediatric Neurology Association.

Outside medicine, he enjoyed photography and walking in the Scottish mountains.

In 1966 he married Sarah Gillard née Reid whose father, Alexander, was a buyer. They had two sons and two daughters. At some point he remarried and, when he died, he was survived by his wife, Yin.

RCP editor

(Volume XII, page web)

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