Sir Douglas Andrew Kilgour Black (1913–2002)

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Sir Douglas Andrew Kilgour Black (1913–2002) is best known for his influential 1980 'Black Report', which found that social deprivation was a big reason for health inequality. Black studied medicine at St Andrews University before working at Dundee Royal Infirmary. In 1942 he joined the Royal Army Medical Corps and was posted to Sierra Leone and India. When he returned to England in 1946 he became lecturer and later professor of medicine at Manchester University. Black was president of the Royal College of Physicians of London between 1977 and 1983. During his presidency the College issued a seminal report on the health risks of smoking. Black also became the chief scientist to the Department of Health, and president of the British Medical Association.

Royal College of Physicians, London



Sir Douglas Andrew Kilgour Black (1913–2002)




oil on canvas


H 89 x W 69 cm

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commisssioned, 1983

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