Lives of the fellows

Iain William Ferguson Hanham

b.26 June 1936 d.12 April 2011
MRCS LRCP(1960) MB BChir Cantab(1961) DMRT(1966) MRCP(1967) FFR(1968) FRCR(1972) FRCP(1995)

Iain William Ferguson Hanham was a consultant oncologist at Charing Cross Hospital, London. Born in Doncaster, South Yorkshire, he was the son of Charles David Hanham, a medical practitioner and his wife, Margot, who was a teacher. Educated at Uppingham School, he studied medicine at Cambridge University and Guy’s Hospital.

After various house jobs he became senior registrar in clinical oncology at the Westminster Hospital in 1967 and then, in 1971, was appointed a consultant in radiotherapy - clinical oncology. He stayed at the Westminster until 1992 when he became consultant in radiotherapy and consultant physician at the Charing Cross Hospital and at the Cromwell Hospital.

He published editorials and chapters in books on oncology, head and neck cancer, urology, breast cancer and the teaching of medical oncology. At the Royal Society of Medicine he was a fellow and vice-president of the oncology section. Approved by London University as a teacher of medicine, he was assistant dean of the Westminster Hospital Medical School.

Elected to Kensington and Chelsea Borough Council as a councillor for Brompton ward in 2002, he served on a wide range of committees and was popular with his constituents, insisting on attending meetings even when his last illness had taken hold.

When time allowed, he enjoyed foreign travel and was very interested in art and history.

In 1964 he married Joan Brownlow née Spark who was, at one time, leader of Kensington Council and became Baroness Hanham, a conservative member of the House of Lords and parliamentary under secretary for the department of communities and local government from 2010 to 2013. They had two children. Joan survived him, together with their children, Jamie and Emma, and granddaughter, Sophie.

RCP editor

[Kensington and Chelsea Chronicle – accessed 6 May 2011]

(Volume XII, page web)

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