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Prof Gustav Born (1921-2018)

It is with great sadness that I must pass on the news that Professor Gustav Born (known to many of us simply as Gus) died last week aged 96.

Gus was elected an Honorary Fellow at St Peter’s in 1979, having previously been at King's College London and Cambridge, where he was Sheild Professor of Pharmacology. He taught at St Peter's between 1959 and 1960.
Gus arrived as a teenager in Britain in the 1930s. His father, who fled Nazi Germany along with his family, was Max Born (1882-1970), who won the Nobel Prize for his work on quantum theory.

Gus was a wonderful man, as well as being eminent (he was a Fellow of the Royal Society). He trained first as a doctor at Edinburgh, before becoming an academic pharmacologist. He helped pioneer a new way of screening for blood platelets, which was of great benefit for detecting thrombosis. He was also a talented musician and had a pronounced literary strain.

He was a fan of St Peter's and also a benefactor, giving money to the college over the years to support graduate medical scholarships (now in their seventeenth year).

And on top of all of that he was one of the nicest people you could ever meet – warm, generous, convivial and kind. 

He will be hugely missed and we send our condolences to his wife, Faith, his children, grandchildren and many friends.

The funeral will be held next Sunday, 29 April, at the Golders Green crematorium in London, 62 Hoop Lane, Golders Green, London NW11 at 10 am.

Mark Damazer CBE

Prof Gustav Born (1921-2018)