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Owen Lyndon Wade CBE FRCP (1921-2008) was a British medical researcher and academic, described by the Royal College of Physicians as "one of the founding fathers of clinical pharmacology and therapeutics in the UK".[1]


Owen Wade

Owen Lyndon Wade

(1921-05-17)17 May 1921
Died10 December 2008(2008-12-10) (aged 87)
NationalityUnited Kingdom

Wade was born in Penarth, South Wales, on 17 May 1921, to Katie Jones and James Owen David Wade, the latter a surgeon.[1]

He was educated at Emmanuel College, Cambridge and University College, London,[1] and subsequently worked as a clinical assistant at the Pneumoconiosis Research Unit from 1948 to 1951.[2] He was pointed as a Lecturer in Medicine at the University of Birmingham in 1951, rising to Senior Lecturer.[2] In 1957, he became Whitla Professor of Therapeutics and Pharmacology at Queen's University, Belfast.[2] In 1971 he returned to Birmingham, in the post of Professor of Therapeutics and Clinical Pharmacology, from which he retired in 1986.[2] He was also dean of Birmingham Medical School from 1978 to 1984.[2] Immediately on appointment he had to deal with the aftermath of a smallpox outbreak there.[1] He oversaw the modernisation and 1981 relaunch of the British National Formulary.[3]

Wade's autobiography was published in 1986.[2] He was a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians (FRCP) and was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 1983 Birthday Honours.[4]

He died on 10 December 2008.[1]


  • When I Dropped the Knife. Pentland Press. 1996.


  1. ^ a b c d e "Munks Roll Details for Owen Lyndon Wade". Munks Roll. Retrieved 17 June 2017.
  2. ^ a b c d e f Andy Ness; Lois Reynolds; Tilli Tansey, eds. (2002), Population-based Research in South Wales: The MRC Pneumoconiosis Research Unit and the MRC Epidemiology Unit, Wellcome Witnesses to Contemporary Medicine, History of Modern Biomedicine Research Group, ISBN 978-0-85484-081-6Wikidata Q29581659
  3. ^ Kendall, Martin (4 March 2009). "Owen Lyndon Wade". BMJ. British Medical Journal. 338: b848. doi:10.1136/bmj.b848. PMC 2766489. Retrieved 17 June 2017.
  4. ^ United Kingdom list: "No. 49375". The London Gazette (Supplement). 10 June 1983. pp. 1–28.

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