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Cliff Roberton: devoted his working life to improving the care of babies

BMJ 2018; 361 doi: (Published 10 April 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;361:k1605
  1. Robert Whitaker,
  2. Nick Barnes,
  3. Colin Morley
  1. Cambridge, UK
  1. rhw1000{at}

Clifford Roberton (“Cliff”) was a distinguished member of the first generation of neonatal paediatricians who developed and promoted the science and practice of the medical care of ill newborn babies. His talent was the synthesis and organisation of medical knowledge within his specialty.

Cliff was born and brought up in Oswaldtwistle, Lancashire, and attended school in Accrington before reading medicine at Downing College, Cambridge, and then at University College Hospital, London, where he won three scholarships and came top in his year. He did his house jobs at UCH and then trained in neonatal medicine, first as a research fellow and registrar in paediatrics at the Hammersmith Hospital under the guidance of Peter Tizard, and then at the Nuffield Institute for Medical Research in Oxford. He was a clinical reader in paediatrics at the University of Oxford before being appointed consultant neonatologist at Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge, and associate lecturer …

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