Painter in all media whose works depicted transplant surgery, patients, nurses and medical colleagues “from the human point of view”. Calne was born in Richmond, Surrey, was a medical graduate of Guy’s Hospital, 1952; served as medical officer to a Gurkha Regiment in Hong Kong and Malaya, 1954–6; taught anatomy at Oxford University, 1957–8; trained in surgery at the Royal Free Hospital and started research on organ transplantation in 1959; lectured in surgery at St Mary’s and Westminster Hospitals, 1961–5; in 1965 taking up the appointment as professor of surgery at Cambridge University. He became one of the most distinguished surgeons in the transplant field and was knighted in 1986. Calne was a Sunday painter, encouraged in art at school, whose later teachers included Francis Russell Flint and Ron Ranson.

Text source: 'Artists in Britain Since 1945' by David Buckman (Art Dictionaries Ltd, part of Sansom & Company)


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