Professor Sir David Weatherall

12th December 2018


The College was very sad to learn that Emeritus Fellow Professor Sir David Weatherall FRS passed away at the weekend at the age of 85.

Sir David was the Nuffield Professor of Clinical Medicine from 1974-1992 when he was a member of the Magdalen Governing Body. He was then elected an Emeritus Fellow upon his appointment as Regius Professor of Medicine.

He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1977 and a Member of the US National Academy of Sciences in 1990. He won numerous awards, including the 2010 Lasker Prize. He was knighted in 1987, and appointed the Knight Grand Cross of the British Empire in the 2017 Birthday Honours, for his services to medicine.

Through his research on the blood disorder thalassemia, he was the first to show that a gene deletion can cause a human disease. In 1989, he founded the Institute of Molecular Medicine at Oxford, which was renamed the Weatherall Institute of Molecular Medicine in his honour in the year 2000 upon his retirement.

Our thoughts are with his family at this sad time.