David HullBMJ 2021; 373 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.n1222 (Published 14 May 2021) Cite this as: BMJ 2021;373:n1222
- Alan Craft,
- Jeremy Hull
David Hull was a true clinical scientist who made major contributions to the understanding of the physiology of newborn babies. He developed a respiratory unit at Great Ormond Street Hospital and set up a new paediatric unit in Nottingham. For many years he was the major adviser on children’s health matters to the government and the chief medical officer, and he was much sought after to lead inquiries where things had gone wrong. He was an adviser to the World Health Organization. Throughout he remained a much respected and humble man.
David was born in Blackburn, the second son of William, a greengrocer, and his wife, Nellie Hayes. His older brother, Derek, became a professor of materials science in Liverpool and then Cambridge. They were both educated at Poulton-le-Fylde Grammar School. During his medical training in Liverpool David undertook an intercalated degree in physiology and became interested in paediatric medicine. A critical move was to Oxford, where …