Charalampos ProukakisBMJ 2009; 339 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.b3736 (Published 11 September 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;339:b3736
- Nick Bouras
Charalampos Proukakis (“Lambis”) was descended from a Cretan family whose members included Elefterios Venizelos—the most prominent and liberal Greek politician and prime minister in modern times, and friend of Lloyd George and Clemenceau—and Constantine Mitsotakis, a first cousin and a Greek prime minister in the 1990s. Lambis was born in Crete. His father, an officer in the Greek Army, fought in the battle of Crete during the second world war and later took part in the resistance. Lambis’ formative early years were marked by the German occupation of Crete and the turbulent Greek civil war that followed.
In 1957 Lambis qualified from Athens Medical School and then trained in general medicine with a special interest in the developing field of nuclear medicine. He further specialised in haematology using radioisotope techniques at the University of Washington in Seattle, and in 1965 moved to St Bartholomew’s Medical School in London. There he joined the research team of Sir Joseph …