Lives of the fellows

Edwyn Wren (Sir) Hoskyns

b.4 February 1956 d.19 February 2015
BMedSci Nottingham(1977) BM BS(1979) MRCP(1984) FRCPCH(1996) FRCP(1997)

Edwyn Wren Hoskyns, known as Wren, was a consultant paediatrician in Leicester. He was born in Tripoli, Libya, where his father, Sir Benedict Leigh Hoskyns, a doctor, was working in the Royal Army Medical Corps. His mother was Ann Hoskyns née Wilkinson. The Wren in his name was derived from a family connection to the great-granddaughter of Sir Christopher Wren. He was educated at King’s College, Cambridge, as a chorister, and then Harwich County High School. He then studied medicine at Nottingham University, qualifying in 1979.

After house posts, he spent two years in northern Thailand and subsequently trained in paediatrics, specialising in neonatology and chest medicine. In 1987 he was appointed as a lecturer in paediatrics at the University of Leicester, becoming a consultant paediatrician in 1993. During the 1985 famine he volunteered in Sudan.

He was an accomplished choral singer, violinist and guitarist. For 20 years he was a key member of the Kingfisher Chorale in Leicester.

In June 2010 he inherited the Hoskyns baronetcy from his father and became the 17th Hoskyns baronet of Harewood in the County of Hereford, but never used the title.

He married the psychiatrist Jane Sellers in 1981. They had two children – Robin Chevallier and Lucy Mary. Wren Hoskyns died from head injuries following a bicycle accident. His wife, children, mother and three siblings survived him.

RCP editor

[BMJ 2015 350 2077 www.bmj.com/content/350/bmj.h2077 – accessed 15 March 2017; Wikipedia Wren Hoskyns https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wren_Hoskyns – accessed 15 March 2017; The Guardian 3 March 2015 www.theguardian.com/society/2015/mar/03/wren-hoskyns-obituary – accessed 15 March 2017; The Leicester Mercury 29 May 2015 www.leicestermercury.co.uk/death-paediatrician-cycling-work-cosby-ruled/story-26596751-detail/story.html – accessed 15 March 2017]

(Volume XII, page web)

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