Austin Gresham

BMJ 2009; 339 doi: (Published 14 October 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;339:b4176
  1. Joanna Lyall

    Forensic histopathologist and author of seminal textbooks, which also inspired Britart

    Professor Austin Gresham, a clinical histopathologist and academic, has died, aged 84, at his home in Cambridge, where he spent his entire postgraduate career. He was professor of morbid anatomy and histopathology, a fellow of Jesus College, and an honorary fellow of Gonville and Caius College.

    An engaging teacher and gifted communicator, with a robust sense of humour, he was popular with students, supportive of junior colleagues and intolerant of officialese and poor writing. Working as a Home Office pathologist for more than two decades (1968-1992) he showed stamina in the face of an ever increasing caseload, and, “loved scrabbling around in muddy fields at night,” according to a colleague.

    Second opinion

    The Suffolk businessman John Ward sought his help after the dismembered body of his daughter, the photographer Julie Ward, was found after she went missing in the Masai Mara game reserve in 1988. Not believing the Kenyan authorities’ claims that …

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