Lives of the fellows

Lyal Clifton Albert Watson

b.26 March 1927 d.21 January 2015
MB BS Sydney(1950) MRACP(1953) FRACP(1966) MRCP(1969) FRCP(1975)

Lyal Watson was a consultant physician at University College Hospital, London. He was born in Sydney, Australia, the son of Clifton Eric Watson, a businessman. He was educated at Parramatta High School in Sydney and then went on to Sydney University to study medicine. He qualified in 1950.

He held house physician and house surgeon posts on the professorial units at the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital (RPAH), Sydney in 1950. From 1952 to 1953, he was a registrar on the medical professorial unit at the RPAH. In 1955 he became an honorary assistant physician at Sydney Hospital, a post he held until 1960. In 1958 he was a Royal Australasian College of Physicians travelling scholar and from 1959 to 1960 he was also a senior lecturer in medicine at the University of Sydney.

In 1964 he was appointed as an honorary consultant physician at University College Hospital, London, becoming a consultant physician there in 1969. He was a postgraduate sub dean of University College Hospital Medical School from 1973.

He wrote papers on hyperparathyroidism, cystinuria, osteoporosis, hypercalcaemia and metabolic diseases of the jaw, among other topics.

From 1967 to 1970 he was honorary secretary and vice president of the Harveian Society of London.

Outside medicine, he enjoyed travelling and music, and was interested in European history.

In 1951 he married Ailsa Durie Beveridge. They had three children – Stephen, Jane and Andrew – and eight grandchildren.

RCP editor

(Volume XII, page web)

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