Professor Richard Himsworth



I qualified from UCH where I held junior clinical appointments, a Wellcome Research Studentship and was appointed Lecturer in Medicine. This was followed by a Research Fellowship at Columbia University, New York. From 1971 to 1985 I was on the MRC scientific staff at the Clinical Research Centre and was an honorary consultant physician at Northwick Park Hospital. Throughout this time my main research interest was clinical endocrinology.

I was Regius Professor of Medicine in Aberdeen from 1985.

I returned to Cambridge as Professor of Health Research & Development in 1993 and was elected a Professorial Fellow of Girton where I was for a time Director of Clinical Studies. I was also Regional Director of Research for the Department of Health and added the Directorship of the University Institute of Public Health to my portfolio until I retired in 2002. During these years the focus of my research was the impact of an ageing population on the health services.

In my retirement my research is on the history of health services and the organisation of medical research in the UK in the twentieth century.

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    Richard Himsworth

    College Role

    Life Fellow

    Teaching Office(s)

    • Fellow

    Degrees, Awards and Prizes

    MB, BChir (Cantab 1961), MD (Raymond Horton-Smith Prize 1971), MA (distinction) History of Medicine (University College, London), FRCP (London, Edinburgh & Glasgow), FFPHM