Alec Bangham

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Alec Douglas Bangham FRS[1] (10 November 1921 Manchester – 9 March 2010 Great Shelford) was a British biophysicist who first studied blood clotting mechanisms but became well known for his research on liposomes and his invention of clinically useful artificial lung surfactants.[2][3][4]


He was the son of Donald Bangham, and Edith Kerby. He studied at the Downs School, and then Bryanston School, and proceeded to earn an MB MS in medicine from University College London.

He was appointed to Addenbrooke's Hospital, where he served as a pathologist, in the Royal Army Medical Corps, becoming a captain in 1948.

Bangham worked at the Babraham Institute in Cambridge from 1952 to 1982.[3][4][5] He is best known for his research on liposomes.[6]


He was married to Rosalind; they had four children and eleven grandchildren.

His brother was Derek Bangham.[7]



  1. ^ Heap, S. B.; Gregoriadis, G. (2011). "Alec Douglas Bangham. 10 November 1921 -- 9 March 2010". Biographical Memoirs of Fellows of the Royal Society. 57: 25–43. doi:10.1098/rsbm.2011.0004.
  2. ^ Watts, Geoff (2010). "Alec Douglas Bangham". The Lancet. 375 (9731): 2070. doi:10.1016/S0140-6736(10)60950-6.
  3. ^ a b "Alec Bangham - 'father of liposomes' - dies aged 88". Archived from the original on 29 September 2011. Retrieved 31 August 2011.
  4. ^ a b "Cambridge News; Scientist who led the way in medical research dies". Archived from the original on 14 March 2010. Retrieved 31 August 2011.
  5. ^ Heap, Brian (31 March 2010). "Alec Bangham obituary | Technology | The Guardian". London. Retrieved 31 August 2011.
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  7. ^ "Munks Roll Details for Derek Raymond Bangham". Munk's Roll. Retrieved 8 June 2017.

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