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Erasmus Darwin Barlow

Former honorary psychiatrist St Thomas’s Hospital, London, and businessman (b 1915; q Trinity College, Cambridge, and University College Hospital 1941; DPM Eng 1951, FRCPsych 1981), died from renal failure on 2 August 2005.

Erasmus Barlow was the second son of Sir James Alan Noel Barlow Bt (son of Sir Thomas Barlow KCVO PRCP) and Emma Nora Darwin (a direct descendant of Charles Darwin and his grandfather Erasmus Darwin). Erasmus received his schooling at Marlborough. He became senior lecturer and honorary consultant in psychological medicine at St Thomas’s Hospital Medical School (1951-66). Erasmus was vice chairman of the Mental Health Research Fund; a member of the scientific staff of the MRC Department of Clinical Research, University College Hospital; chairman of the Bath Institute of Medical Engineering; and Secretary of the Zoological Society of London (1980-2). He was an enthusiastic founding member of the Erasmus Darwin Foundation at Lichfield (1994). He published several papers on physiology and psychological medicine. He had also at various times been chairman of Cambridge Instrument Co Ltd; deputy chairman of George Kent Ltd; and a director of CIC Investment Holdings and Group Investors Ltd. He married Brigit Ursula Hope Black, daughter of Ladbroke Black, on 9 July 1938 and had one son and two daughters, all of whom survive him. [G C Cook]