John Walton, Baron Walton of Detchant
|The Right Honourable|
The Lord Walton of Detchant
In a House of Lords debate in 2015.
|President of the Royal Society of Medicine|
|Preceded by||Sir James Watt|
|Succeeded by||Sir Gordon Robson|
|Warden of Green College, Oxford|
|President of the General Medical Council|
|President of the British Medical Association|
|Born||John Nicholas Walton|
16 September 1922
|Died||21 April 2016(aged 93)|
|Political party||None (crossbencher)|
|Alma mater||University of Durham|
|Awards||Knight Bachelor (1979) |
Life Peer (1989)
Member of the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters
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Lord Walton qualified from Newcastle Medical School (then part of the University of Durham). Walton was President of the British Medical Association (BMA) from 1980-82, President of the General Medical Council (GMC) 1982-89 and President of the Royal Society of Medicine from 1984-86. He was also appointed second Warden of Green College, Oxford in 1983, where he stayed until 1989. Green College merged with Templeton College, Oxford in 2008 to become Green Templeton College, located on the site that was previously Green College.
Having been knighted in 1979, Walton was created a life peer on 24 July 1989 as Baron Walton of Detchant, of Detchant in the County of Northumberland and sat as a crossbencher. In 1992 he became a member of the Science and Technology Committee, leaving in 1996, returning in 1997 and leaving again in 2001. From 1993-94 he was Chair of the Medical Ethics committee. He was Secretary of the Rare Diseases Group from 2009 until his death.
He was a member of the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters. He was Patron of The Little Foundation, Honorary Life President of the Muscular Dystrophy Campaign, Vice President of Parkinson's UK and Honorary Chairman of the United Kingdom Medical Students' Association (UKMSA).
Lord Walton of Detchant died on 21 April 2016, aged 93.
- Notice of knighthood bestowed on John Nicholas Walton, the gazette.co.uk; accessed 27 April 2016.
- "No. 47812". The London Gazette. 6 April 1979. p. 4623.
- "No. 51823". The London Gazette. 27 July 1989. p. 8725.
- "Gruppe 7: Medisinske fag" (in Norwegian). Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters. Retrieved 7 October 2010.
- Notice of death of Lord Walton of Detchant, parliament.uk; accessed 27 April 2016.