Charles Alan Blake ClemetsonBMJ 2007; 334 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.39245.750637.BE (Published 21 June 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;334:1327
- Michael Innis,
- F Edward Yazbak
Charles Alan Blake Clemetson (“Alan”) was born in Canterbury, England, on 31 October 1923 and went to preparatory school—Wootton Court, Wootton, Kent—from 1930 to 1935 and later to King's School, Canterbury, from 1935 to 1942.
His preclinical studies were in Magdalen College, Oxford, from 1942 to 1944. He then went to the Radcliffe Infirmary from 1944 to 1947, where he qualified BM, BCh in January 1948. While at Oxford he rowed for his college, becoming head of the river one year. He and all on that skull received their oars, of which he was very proud.
Alan met Helen Cowan Forster, a physiotherapist, and who became his wife on the 29 March 1947. They had their first of four children in December 1948 in Oxford.
He was a house surgeon in general surgery at Radcliffe Infirmary from January 1948 to June 1948 under Mr Corry and later that year joined the Royal Air Force as a medical officer until June 1950.
Awarded the degree MA from Oxford University in 1950, he was research assistant at the Obstetric Hospital, University College Hospital, London, under Professor W C W Nixon, doing research into pre-eclamptic toxaemia as a Nichols research fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine …