Sir Terence English KBE PPRCS

Cardiothoracic Surgeon, Past President of the Royal College of Surgeons of England, Past Master of St Catharine’s College, Cambridge

Terence English was born in South Africa in 1932 and educated at Hilton College, Natal. Having won a Transvaal Chamber of Mines Scholarship to the University of Witwatersrand, he qualified BSc (Engineering) in 1954.

He then came to Britain and studied medicine at Guy’s Hospital, where he qualified in 1962 and then specialised in cardiothoracic surgery.

He was appointed Consultant Surgeon at Papworth and Addenbrooke’s Hosptials in 1972 and created the UK Cardiac Surgical Register in 1977. He established the transplant programme at Papworth and performed Britain’s first successful heart transplant in 1979.

He was Director of the British Heart Foundation Heart Transplant Research Unit at Papworth between 1980 and 1988 and became President of the International Society of Heart Transplantation, 1985-86.

In 1986, he was awarded the Clement Price Thomas prize for distinguished services to surgery by the Royal College of Surgeons of England and served as President of the College from 1989-1992.

In addition to Fellowship of that College, he is a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, the Royal College of Physicians of London and the American College of Cardiology. He holds twelve other Honorary Fellowships and Honorary Doctorates from the Universities of Sussex, Hull, Nantes and Mahidol in Thailand.

He was made a Knight Commander of the British Empire in January 1991 and served as a member of the Audit Commission between 1993 and 1998.

In July 1993, he was elected Master of St Catharine’s College, Cambridge, which position he held until October 2000. He was President of the British Medical Association in 1995-96 and was a Deputy Lieutenant of Cambridgeshire 1995-2000.