Professor John Lennard-Jones (1927-2019)

03 April 2019

Leading architect for British gastroenterology and co-founder of Crohn's & Colitis UK, Professor John Lennard-Jones, has died aged 92.

John was one of the very few ‘pure’ gastroenterologists, starting his medical career at University College Hospital. 

He worked both in the NHS as a consultant gastroenterologist at St. Mark’s Hospital and under the Medical Research Council, before undertaking a readership in gastroenterology at the London Hospital Medical College in 1974.

John’s compassion and sense of humility within the spectrum of the whole natural world, and his ability to listen and resolve conflicting evidence, made John not only a fine personal doctor, but also a great leader and a productive, imaginative researcher.

Without his skill, interventions and dedication, there would not be the same advancement in the understanding and treatments for Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis, nor would the charity have been founded 40 years ago and achieved so much in research, information and support for everyone affected by the conditions. 

The charity extends our heartfelt condolences to John's family and our deepest gratitude for John's significant contribution and lasting legacy.