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BMJ. 2007 June 2; 334(7604): 1171.
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Jack Fielding

Jack Fielding was born Jacob Mayer Feldman in the East End of London to a large family originally from the Ukraine. He attended Central Foundation Boys' School, where he excelled with a mathematics scholarship and went on to graduate in medicine. During the second world war he worked alongside Alexander Fleming in developing the use of penicillin, followed by a period with the World Health Organization in India, where he helped establish anti-tuberculosis clinics. Jack became medical director of Paddington General Hospital and as a clinical haematologist authored manifold research papers on iron kinetics, including a groundbreaking educational animation film of the central role of iron in mammalian metabolism.

Jack made a profound contribution to the Medical Campaign Against Nuclear Weapons and chaired for Professions for World Disarmament and Development. His passion for social justice and peace resonated throughout his career.

Jack is celebrated for his love of learning. He embraced the world of ideas, whether scientific or humanitarian. His love of the arts and a deep affinity for his Jewish culture was affectionately shared with his younger daughter, Rebecca, in his retirement years.

Jack is survived by his children, Anne, Peter, and Rebecca; six grandchildren; and 10 great grandchildren. We are consoled in a lifetime of missing him by remembering him with warmth and admiration.

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