Professor Sir Kenneth Calman was born Christmas Day 1941. He began his medical training at the University of Glasgow in 1959, and took a BSc in Biochemistry before graduating in medicine in 1967. After working on aspects of dermatology for his PhD, he completed his hospital training, and then spent two years as the Medical Research Council Clinical Research Fellow at the Chester Beatty Research Institute in London. He returned to the University of Glasgow in 1974 as Professor of Oncology and held a series of senior posts, including Dean of Postgraduate Medicine and Professor of Postgraduate Medical Education. Sir Kenneth has served as Chairman of the Executive Board of the World Health Organisation and the European Environment and Health Committee. Sir Kenneth was Chief Medical Officer at the Scottish Office Home and Health Department from 1989 and then Chief Medical Officer in London (1991-98). Sir Kenneth also served for many years as a prominent clinical professor and he is an author on the treatment and care of cancer patients, and other health issues. His most recent book is A Study of Story Telling, Humour and Learning in Medicine*. 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 the Royal College of Physicians, the Royal College of Surgeons and the 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 until he was installed as the Chancellor of the University of Glasgow at the annual Commemoration Day ceremony on 21 June 2006.
He is married with a son and two daughters and his recreations include gardening, golf, sundials, collecting cartoons and Scottish literature.
*Published by The Nuffield Trust, 2000