Barbara Clayton

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Dr Dame Barbara Evelyn Clayton, Mrs Klyne, DBE FRCP, FRCPath, FMedSci (2 September 1922 – 11 January 2011) was a British pathologist.

Clayton was born in Liverpool. She attended Bromley County School for Girls (London), where she was head girl. She went on to study medicine at Edinburgh University, qualifying in 1946. She met William Klyne in 1947 while both were employed at the Medical Research Council; they married in 1949, and remained married until William Klyne's death. The couple had two children.[1]

The couple moved from Edinburgh to London, where Clayton began working in the chemical pathology department at St Thomas's Medical College, where, using new biochemistry techniques, her research on hormones brought her widespread recognition. [2]


  • 1969: she was awarded a PhD for her research on oestrogens.


  1. ^ Barbara Evelyn Clayton, at the Lancet, Volume 377, Issue 9775, p. 1402, 23 April 2011(doi:10.1016/S0140-6736(11)60564-3); by Caroline Richmond; retrieved 29 May 2013.
  2. ^ Profile in The Guardian; accessed 26 March 2014.
  3. ^ Profile in Who's Who,; accessed 26 March 2014.

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Educational offices
Preceded by
Robert Curran
President of the Royal College of Pathologists
1987 – 1990
Succeeded by
Sir Dillwyn Williams