Norman Montague Bleehen

BMJ 2008; 336 doi: (Published 12 June 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;336:1383
  1. Stanley S Bleehen

Norman Montague Bleehen was the first Cancer Research Campaign professor of clinical oncology in the University of Cambridge. His department was particularly involved with studies on the treatment of lung cancer and brain tumours. His reputation as a clinician, researcher, and educator was recognised both nationally and internationally. The excellence of his department laid the foundations for the major investment in Cambridge for research on cancer and the establishment of the new cancer institute.

Norman was born in Manchester in 1930. Both parents were from Orthodox rabbinical families and were descended from a long line of rabbinical scholars. Academic learning and excellence were prized within the family as well as service to the community.

He was educated at Haberdashers’ Aske’s Hampstead School and in 1947 was awarded a state scholarship to Exeter College, Oxford, to read medicine. After his BA he held an MRC studentship for which he was awarded a BSc and the Gotch memorial medal and prize. He then went to the Middlesex Hospital Medical School on an entrance scholarship. Following house officer appointments at the …

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