Nicolas Rea, 3rd Baron Rea

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John Nicolas Rea, 3rd Baron Rea, commonly known as Nicolas Rea (born 6 June 1928), a British peer, politician and doctor.

The son of James Russell Rea and Betty Rea was educated at Dartington Hall School in Devon, Belmont Hill School in Massachusetts and Dauntsey's School in Wiltshire. He was further educated at Christ's College, Cambridge, where he graduated with a Master of Arts in natural sciences, a Bachelor of Medicine, a Bachelor of Surgery in 1951, and became a Doctor of Medicine (MD) in 1969. At University College Hospital, London, he achieved a Diploma in Obstetrics (DObst RCOG), Diploma in Child Health (DCH) and a Diploma in Public Health (DPH) in the time from 1956 to 1965. In 1981, he succeeded to the Barony of Rea.

Rea served as Acting Sergeant in the Suffolk Regiment between 1946 and 1948, and held various Junior hospital posts between 1954 and 1957. He was research fellow in paediatrics in Ibadan and Lagos in Nigeria from 1962 to 1965, and lecturer in social medicine at St Thomas's Hospital Medical School in London from 1966 to 1968. From 1957 to 1962, and from 1968 to 1993, he also worked as general practitioner in North London.

Rea is a member of Amicus, Healthlink Worldwide and the Mary Ward Centre. He supports the Mother and Child Foundation, the Caroline Walker Trust and is Honourable Secretary of the National Heart Forum. He is a member of the Royal Society of Medicine and one of the ninety elected hereditary peers to remain in the House of Lords after the House of Lords Act 1999. In the House of Lords he sits on the Labour benches.

Lord Rea married firstly Elizabeth Robinson in 1951. Divorced in 1991, he married Judith Mary Powell in the same year. He has four sons by his first wife, and two daughters.


Peerage of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Philip Rea
Baron Rea
Succeeded by
(current incumbent)