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Professor Sir Kenneth Calman

Professor Sir Kenneth Calman

Professor Sir Kenneth Calman began his medical training at the University of Glasgow in 1959. He did a BSc in Biochemistry before graduating in medicine in 1967.

In his career Sir Kenneth has been:

  • Chairman of the Executive Board of the World Health Organisation
  • Chairman of the Executive Board of the European Environment and Health Committee
  • Chief Medical Officer at the Scottish Office Home and Health Department
  • Chief Medical Officer in London

He also served for many years as a prominent clinical professor. He is an author on the treatment and care of cancer patients, and other health issues. 

With the support of the Nuffield Trust he has been a principal mover in setting up a national network to study the closer involvement of the arts and humanities with health and medicine. 

He is a Fellow of several academic and professional bodies, including: 

  • Royal College of Physicians
  • Royal College of Surgeons 
  • Royal Society of Edinburgh

In 1996 he became a Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath. He was Vice-Chancellor and Warden of the University of Durham from October 1998. He then became Chancellor of the University of Glasgow in June 2006.

Sir Kenneth was Chair of the first steering group of PEALS and one of the key figures involved in our initial set up. He has continued to be a valuable supporter of our work since taking up his post as Chancellor at the University of Glasgow.