COOK, Gordon Charles    DSc (London), MD; FRCP , FRCPE FRACP FLS     prime source John Cook (1947)

Honorary Research Associate  University of Greenwich  >    Greenwich Maritime Institute    GMI

Gordon Cook has had a professional career as a Chair of Medicine for the Universities of Zambia, Riyadh (Saudi Arabia) and Papua New Guinea and a Physician at the Hospital for Tropical Diseases in London.

He teaches 19th & 20th century maritime medicine and infections/tropical diseases and has over 500 publications on medical/scientific topics.

Whos Who

Born Wimbledon, 17 Feb. 1932; e s of late Charles Francis Cook and Kate Cook (née Kraninger, then Grainger); m 1963, Elizabeth Jane, d of late Rev. Stephen Noel Agg-Large; one s three d

Physician with special interest in tropical and infectious diseases, and medical historian; President, Fellowship of Postgraduate Medicine, since 2000; Visiting Professor, University College London, since 2002


Education Wellingborough, Kingston-upon-Thames and Raynes Park Grammar Schools; Royal Free Hosp. Sch. of Medicine, London Univ. (BSc Physiol 1955; MB BS 1957; MD 1965; Charlotte Brown Prize, 1965; Cunning Award, 1967; Legg Award, 1969; DSc 1976)


Career MRCS; LRCP 1957, MRCP 1960, FRCP 1972; FRACP 1978; FLS 1989; FRCPE 2002. Commissioned RAMC (Royal Army Medical Corps), seconded to Royal Nigerian Army, 1960–62.

Hospital. appts, Royal Free, Hampstead General, Royal Northern, Brompton, St George’s, 1958–63;

Lecturer, Royal Free Hosp School. of Medicine and Makerere Univ. College, Uganda, 1963–69; Professor of Medicine and Cons. Physician, University of Zambia, 1969–74, Riyadh, 1974–75, Papua New Guinea, 1978–81; Senior MO, MRC, 1975–76; Senior Lecturer in Clinical Sciences, LSHTM, 1976–97; University College London: Hon. Senior. Lecturer in Medicine (Infectious Diseases), 1981–2002; Senior Res. Fellow, Wellcome Trust Centre for History of Medicine, 1997–2002. Hon. Consultant Physician: Hosp. for Tropical Diseases and UCL Hosps, 1976–97; St Luke’s Hosp. for the Clergy, 1988–; Hon. Lecturer in Clinical Parasitology, St Bart’s Hospital Medical College, 1992–. Visiting Prof., Univsities of Basrah, Mosul, Doha. Consultant, advr and mem.,

Professional and learned bodies; Mem., Jt Cttee on Higher Med. Training, 1987–93. Member: Assoc. of Physicians of GB and Ireland, 1973–; Exec. Council, Med. Writers Gp, Soc. of Authors, 1994–99 (Chm., 1997–99); Mem. Exec. Cttee and Examiner, Faculty of Hist. and Philosophy of Medicine and Pharmacy, Soc. of Apothecaries, 1997–; Examiner for membership of RCP, 1977–84. Lectures: Ahmed Hafez Moussa Meml, 1994; Stanley Browne Meml,

Cap badge of the Royal Army Medical Corps

1995; Monckton Copeman, Soc. of Apothecaries, 2000; Denny, Barber-Surgeons’ Co., 2003. President: RSTM&H, 1993–95; Osler Club, London, 1993–95; Baconian Club of St Albans, 1995–96; History of Medicine Sect., RSM, 2003–04 (Vice-Pres., 1994–96); Chm., Erasmus Darwin Foundn, Lichfield, 1994–; Trustee, Bookpower (formerly Educnl Low-priced Sponsored Texts), 1996–; Member: Council, Galton Inst., 2005–; Cttee, Friends of Florence Nightingale Mus., 2005– (Vice-Chm., 2006–). Hon. Archivist, Seamen’s Hosp. Soc., 2002–; Hon. Res. Associate, Greenwich Maritime Inst., 2003–. Mem. Council, Cathedral and Abbey Church of St Alban, 1983–88. Liveryman, Apothecaries’ Co., 1981. Editor, Jl of Infection, 1995–97; mem., editl bds, med. jls. Frederick Murgatroyd Meml Prize, RCP, 1973; Hugh L’Etang Prize, RSM, 1999


Publications (ed jointly) Acute Renal Failure, 1964; Tropical Gastroenterology, 1980; (jtly) 100 Clinical Problems in Tropical Medicine, 1987, 2nd edn 1998; Communicable and Tropical Diseases, 1988; Parasitic Disease in Clinical Practice, 1990; From the Greenwich Hulks to Old St Pancras: a history of tropical disease in London, 1992; (ed) Gastroenterological Problems from the Tropics, 1995; (ed) Travel-associated disease, 1995; (ed) Manson’s Tropical Diseases, 20th edn, 1996, 22nd edn, 2008; Victorian Incurables: a history of the Royal Hospital for Neuro-Disability, Putney, 2004; John MacAlister’s Other Vision: a History of the Fellowship of Postgraduate Medicine, 2005; The Incurables Movement: an illustrated history of the British home, 2006; Tropical Medicine: an illustrated history of the pioneers, 2007; Diseases in the Merchant Navy: a history of the Seamen’s Hospital Society, 2007;

Numerous research papers, chapters, reviews and editorials


Recreations Cricket, walking, listening to baroque and classical music, medical/scientific history


Clubs Athenæum, MCC


Address 11 Old London Road, St Albans, Herts AL1 1QE Fellowship of Postgraduate Medicine, 12 Chandos Street, W1G 9DR (01727) 869000; (020) 7636 6334; Fax: (020) 7436 2535 ‘COOK, Gordon Charles’,

Who's Who 2008, A & C Black, 2008; online edn, Oxford University Press, Dec 2007 [, accessed 3 Dec 2008]