Gillian Gandy

BMJ 2016; 353 doi: (Published 02 June 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;353:i3106
  1. Colin Morley,
  2. Jane Cursiter

Gillian Gandy (“Jill”) was one of the early pioneers of neonatal intensive care in the UK. She dedicated her life to the sick babies of Cambridge in a way few could do today.

Born in Peppard on 14 November 1928, she grew up in Shropshire. Jill came from an eminent family, being a direct descendent of Joseph Gandy, the architectural visionary, and Selina Byam, painted with her family by Gainsborough. Her mother, Ida Gandy, was a writer, and her father was a GP. Her eldest brother, Christopher, a diplomat, was a collector of fine Islamic art and English water colours, which he bequeathed to the Ashmolean Museum. Her middle brother, Robin, a mathematical logician, was a PhD student and close friend of Alan Turing.

Jill was sent away to school at the age of 6, a shock from which she never really recovered. She trained at the Royal Free Hospital between 1946 and 1953, followed by four years’ training in London; a year in Hamilton, Ontario; and five years in New York at the Babies Hospital, …

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