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Biographical entry Neame, John Humphrey (1926 - 2007)

MRCS and FRCS 1958; BA Cambridge 1945; MA 1948; MB BChir 1949.

14 July 1926
London, UK
13 July 2007
ENT surgeon


John Humphrey Neame was an ENT surgeon in Norwich. He was born in London on 14 July 1926, the eldest son of Humphrey Neame, an ophthalmological surgeon on the staff of Moorfields Hospital, and Minnie née Goodwin. Neame followed his father to Cheltenham College and then went to Lincoln High School, Portland, Oregon, during the war, returning to Trinity Hall, Cambridge. He went on to complete his clinical studies at University College Hospital, London, where he was influenced by Miles Formby.

After junior posts, he specialised in ENT, becoming house surgeon, registrar and senior registrar at the Royal National Throat Nose and Ear Hospital. He was appointed consultant ENT surgeon to the Salisbury Hospital Group and Swindon and Marlborough hospitals.

He was blessed with plenty of opportunities to fish and much enjoyed working with electronics. In 1960 he married Ruth Richards, with whom he had two sons, Stephen and Robert, and a daughter, Rachel. Both of his sons have entered the medical profession. He died on 13 July 2007, the eve of his 81st birthday.

Neil Weir

The Royal College of Surgeons of England