Jean Infield

BMJ 2016; 355 doi: (Published 03 November 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;355:i5864
  1. Robert Saxton

Jean Infield was the product of an extraordinary family. Her father, Louis, an immigrant from Krakow, was an outstanding Cambridge mathematician and, later, senior civil servant. Significantly, in the light of Jean’s subsequent career, he was working at the Ministry of Health at the time of the birth of the NHS. Jean’s mother, Georgina Vandamm, came from an equally distinguished family who, in both London and New York, contributed in a legendary way to the world of showbusiness. Vivian Van Damm, her uncle, was the manager of the West End’s celebrated Windmill Theatre, and his sister, Florence, became a leading Broadway theatre photographer during the “Golden Age.” Her father’s cousin, Leopold Infeld, …

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