William TongBMJ 2018; 362 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.k3505 (Published 15 August 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;362:k3505
- Eithne MacMahon
The news of William Tong’s sudden and untimely death has been met with universal dismay among his numerous colleagues of all occupations and levels of seniority. He contributed enormously to virology, excelling as a doctor, scientist, teacher, adviser, supervisor, examiner, and leader. But this quiet, modest, happy, unassuming man is also universally recognised as a man of remarkable character whom colleagues felt privileged to work with.
Cheuk Yan William (唐卓恩) was born in Hong Kong in 1958 and studied medicine at the University of Hong Kong, graduating in 1983. After initial training in paediatrics, he switched career direction in 1986 and moved to the virus unit in Hong Kong in 1986, staying till 1990. He came to the UK in 1990 and completed his training at the Royal Victoria Infirmary and Public Health Laboratory in Newcastle upon Tyne, in the post of senior registrar in virology. In 1992 he was appointed as senior lecturer and honorary consultant virologist at the University of Liverpool and Royal Liverpool Hospital. In 2000 he moved south to the post of consultant virologist at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, and honorary senior lecturer at King’s College London. In 2013 he moved to Barts Health NHS Trust as consultant clinical virologist, and honorary reader at Queen Mary University, where he became clinical lead of the department of infection in 2015.
William was very much an all-rounder, making important contributions in service development, infection control, research, teaching, training, and examining. He maintained wideranging specialty interests throughout his career, making significant clinical …