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Biographical entry Horner, Norman Gerald (1882 - 1954)

MRCS 8 February 1906; FRCS by election 9 April 1942; LRCP 1906; MB BCh Cantab 1910; MD 1922; FRCP 1939.

Born
1 January 1882
Died
7 March 1954
Occupation
Editor

Details

Born on 1 January 1882 son of Dr A C Horner, he was educated at Tonbridge School, Caius College, Cambridge and St Bartholomew's Hospital. His father had been surgeon and naturalist to two Arctic expeditions before settling down to general practice in Tonbridge, where he was medical officer to Tonbridge School.

While at St Bartholomew's Horner was editor of the students' Journal, and in 1911 became assistant editor of The Lancet until 1915. During the war of 1914-18 he served as a Captain in the RAMC, and afterwards joined the staff of the British Medical Journal under Sir Dawson Williams, whom he succeeded in 1928. In May 1941 enemy action destroyed the printing offices of the BMJ, which increased the problems of its editor.

Latterly his life was overshadowed by ill health and he retired in 1946. He married Grace, daughter of W M Fearon, by whom he had one son; she died in 1950. He died on 7 March 1954.

Sources used to compile this entry: [The Times 9 March 1954 p 8 E and 13 March p 8 C; Brit med J 1954, 1, 648-651 with portrait and appreciations; Lancet 1954, 1, 577; St Bart's Hosp J 1954, 58, 121 with portrait, and p 182].

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