Hughie Webb

BMJ 2011; 342 doi: (Published 05 May 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d2843
  1. John Webb,
  2. A Khalili

Hughie Webb read medicine at Oxford and also gained four blues, in cricket, golf, rackets, and squash, scoring 145 not out in the Varsity match.

After qualifying, he did his national service in the Royal Army Medical Corps, serving at the British Military Hospital in Singapore. There he became interested in viruses affecting the central nervous system, and his work led to an appointment at the Rockefeller Virus Research Institute in Poona.

In 1960 he returned to St Thomas’ Hospital as registrar, then consultant to the department of neurology. He set up and ran a research unit into viruses affecting the central nervous system and their involvement with multiple sclerosis. His department attracted scientists from all over the world, and he lectured world wide.

In 1988 he was appointed professor of neurovirology, and in 1990 the University of London awarded him a doctor of science, a rare accolade for a physician. Medicine was his true love, and he will be remembered as a caring, hands-on physician and teacher much loved by patients, staff, and colleagues.

He is survived by Jean, his wife of 60 years; a son and a daughter; and five grandchildren.


Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d2843


  • Professor emeritus of neurovirology St Thomas’ Hospital, London (b 1927; q Oxford/St Thomas’, London, 1951; MA, DM, DSc, FRCP, FRCPath), d 8 November 2010.

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