James Walker

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James Walker

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The following is copied from the British Medical Journal, volume 311, 14 October 1995 James Walker, emeritus professor of obstetrics and gynaecology, University of Dundee (b 1916; q Glasgow 1938; MRCOG 1947;MD 1954), d 27 June 1995. After the war, in which he served in the RAF, Jimmy Walker became one of the pioneers of fetomaternal medicine, his research at Glasgow forming the basis of his MD thesis. In 1956 he went to a chair of obstetrics and gynaecology at St Andrews (later Dundee), where he remained until he retired in 1981, pioneering cervical screening long before it became a national service. Thereafter he became a professor at Kebangsaan University, Kuala Lumpur, where he helped develop the department of obstetrics and gynaecology. A member and chair of many national and international committees, he chaired the international federation committee of gynaecology and obstetrics on annual reports, records, and definitions of terms in human reproduction, being awarded the distinguished service award at the Montreal conference in 1994. He was awarded the CBE in 1971. He leaves a wife, Cathie, a son (professor of obstetrics at Leeds) and two daughters (both doctors) [Malcolm Macnaughton].

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