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David Henry Green

BMJ 2019; 364 doi: (Published 01 March 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;364:l903
  1. Pauline Green

David Green was born in October 1951 at home in Stoke on Trent, the first born of undiagnosed twins. His brother, Terence, followed soon after much to his mother’s shock and delight. David and Terence went to St Joseph’s College in Stoke on Trent, and the two boys then followed their elder brother Michael to Liverpool University.

David studied mathematical statistics and computational science and received his BSc in 1974. Not satisfied with a first degree he continued his studies and was awarded a PhD in 1977; this was entitled “Stochastic models for cell growth on a 2-D regular lattice.” During his studies he presented his work at international conferences, including the European Meeting of Statisticians in Grenoble and the Royal Statistical Society. Despite his undisputed talents in computational science, David followed his heart and started training in medicine in 1977. He fought hard for a place in medical school, and with no financial help available, he had to work long hours to earn enough money to fund the first two non-clinical years. Despite the exhaustion of studying and working, he passed his examinations and progressed to the clinical years, when he …

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