Roberts, Dr. Kenneth B.

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Roberts, Dr. Kenneth B.

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1923-2012

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Kenneth Bryson Roberts (1923-2012), physician, professor and 1st Associate Dean of Medicine, Memorial University of Newfoundland, was born in London, England in 1923, the son of William Charles and Mary Arabella (Pleace) Roberts. He was educated at Emandel School, Wandsworth, London and graduated from the University of London (MB, BS, MRCS, LRCP) in 1945. He received a BA from the University of Oxford in 1949 and a DPhil degree in 1953. Dr. Roberts began his academic career as a research scientist at Oxford University (Oxford School of Pathology, 1949-1954) and later taught at the Medical College, Baghdad (Associate Professor of Physiology, 1956-1961). From there, he moved to the University of Edinburgh (Senior Lecturer in Physiology, 1956-1961) and then to the University of London (Reader in Psychology, 1961-1967).

In 1968, Dr. Roberts was appointed the first Associate Dean of Medicine and Professor of Physiology for the new Medical School at Memorial University. In 1975 he resigned as Associate Dean to devote himself to full-time teaching and research as Professor of Physiology. In 1983 he became the first John Clinch Professor of Medical History at Memorial. This position allowed him to collect and care for valuable medical texts, produce historical lectures, and teach in special history of medicine courses. He retired from this post in 1988.

Dr. Roberts held positions in a variety of medical organizations, serving on the executive committee of the Medical Research Council of Canada, as chairman of the Scientific Committee of the Canadian Heart Foundation and on the executive committee of the Canadian Society for the History of Medicine. He was founding editor of the Canadian Bulletin of Medical History, has contributed to a number of books and published papers in pathology, physiology, molecular biology, the history of medicine and higher education, and co-authored a major work with MUN colleague J.D.W. Tomlinson.

Dr. Roberts married Ruth Mary (May) Catchpool and they had four children: Daniel, Peter, Alason, and Benjamin. He moved to New Germany, Nova Scotia, Canada and later returned to the UK. Dr. Roberts died 17 December 2012.

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Created - May 30, 2013

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