Lives of the fellows

Derek Davies

b.27 October 1933 d.27 April 2016
BChir Cantab(1958) MB(1959) MRCP(1963) FRCP(1975)

Derek Davies was a consultant physician and endocrinologist at Manchester Royal Infirmary. He was born in Bolton, Lancashire, the son of John Davies, a cotton cloth bleacher. He was educated at Oxford Grove School, Bolton and Bolton School, and then went on to Trinity College, Cambridge.

He was a house physician, house surgeon, resident clinical pathologist and senior medical house officer at Manchester Royal Infirmary. From 1962 to 1963 he was a medical registrar at Derby Royal Infirmary. He then became a medical registrar at University College Hospital, London. He subsequently returned to Manchester as a senior medical registrar at the Royal Infirmary from 1963 to 1968.

In March 1968 he was appointed as a university lecturer in clinical endocrinology at Victoria University of Manchester. From January 1972, he was an honorary consultant physician at Manchester Royal Infirmary. He was also a postgraduate clinical tutor in the central district, Manchester Area Health Authority and a fellow of Manchester Medical Society.

He wrote papers and chapters on the biochemistry of infertility, the pituitary-adrenal function in diabetic retinopathy, and the use of diazoxide in the treatment of severe toxaemia of pregnancy, among other subjects.

Outside medicine he enjoyed photography, classical, orchestral and choral music, and growing roses.

In 1959 he married Barbara Jean Helsby, the daughter of a shopkeeper and borough councillor. They had two sons and two daughters.

RCP editor

(Volume XII, page web)

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