Obituaries

George Alan Rose

BMJ 2015; 351 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.h5837 (Published 02 November 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;351:h5837
  1. Jean Rose

George Alan Rose specialised in kidney stones and chemical analysis. From 1965 until he retired in 1990, he ran the laboratories, organised his research, and prepared publications and lectures for national and international conferences and symposiums.

Born in London, he was the second of three sons of Flora and Edward Rosen, founder and chief executive officer of Ultra Electronics. After being evacuated in 1939 from University College School to Canford School in Wimborne Dorset, Alan completed his A levels in one year, entering Wadham College, Oxford, at the age of 17 to study chemistry. After graduating, he worked with Professor Charles Dent at University College Hospital and over time, they were writing papers together, the first in 1949 entitled “The Bence-Jones protein of multiple myelomatosis.” The second was on protein chromatography in 1951, and the third, written later in 1964, was entitled “Radiological diagnosis of osteoporosis, osteomalacia, and hyperparathyroidism.” These three works are now included in many studies of biochemistry at university. With the encouragement of Charles Dent, Alan returned to Wadham College to study medicine, as Dent himself had done, graduating in 1952.

His first medical appointments included that of house physician and surgeon at Lambeth Hospital and …

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