Howard Eaton Freeman Davies

BMJ 2013; 347 doi: (Published 17 July 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;347:f4224
  1. Anne Freeman, Melanie Davies

Howard Eaton Freeman Davies (known affectionately to his friends and colleagues as “HEF”) died after a brief illness, having been frail for some months as a result of worsening cardiac failure. Born in Bargoed in the Welsh valleys, he was the son of a local history master. He was educated at Bridgend Grammar School and was offered a place to read medicine at Cambridge, but a wartime schoolmaster’s salary did not run to the fees so at the age of 17 he entered University College Cardiff, where he gained a first class honours degree in physiology. In his final undergraduate year he had his name on several papers. Howard then won an exhibition scholarship to Guy’s Hospital Medical School in London and graduated with the prize for pathology.

After national service he held various junior posts at Guy’s where his great intellect was noted, then at the Hammersmith …

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