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Victor Miller

BMJ 2020; 369 doi: (Published 26 June 2020) Cite this as: BMJ 2020;369:m2569
  1. Laura Miller

Victor Miller was born in Hackney, London, on 20 September 1935 and died in Hampstead on 2 April 2020.

The younger son of refugees, Victor was born determined. Much of his primary school education took place in air raid shelters, and he was frequently beaten at his secondary school for being Jewish.

Wanting a better life, he asked to transfer to a local grammar school. Despite passing the entrance exams, the head teacher there had the temerity to suggest Victor didn’t have “what it takes”: he was likely an undiagnosed dyslexic. Luckily, Victor was undeterred, and, similarly, his father believed that he could do anything he set his mind to; he retook his A levels at the Northern Polytechnic, where he learned to fly, thanks to five excellent teachers.

Victor secured a place at Glasgow University. He entered medical school …

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