Narendra Patel, Baron Patel

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The Right Honourable
The Lord Patel
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Chancellor of the
University of Dundee
In office
Preceded bySir James Black
Succeeded byDame Jocelyn Bell Burnell DBE
Personal details
Born (1938-05-11) 11 May 1938 (age 80)
Lindi, Tanganyika Territory
Spouse(s)Helen Dally
Alma materUniversity of St Andrews (Queen's College, now University of Dundee)

Narendra Babubhai Patel, Baron Patel, KT, FMedSci, FRSE (born 11 May 1938) is a British obstetrician and cross bench peer, and a former Chancellor of the University of Dundee.

Early life[edit]

Patel was born in Lindi, Tanganyika Territory (now Tanzania),[1] on 11 May 1938,[2] of Indian Gujarati emigrants and studied Medicine at Queen's College, University of St Andrews, (now the University of Dundee) graduating in 1964.[3] He then proceeded to work for more than thirty years at Dundee's Ninewells Hospital, becoming a consultant obstetrician in 1974. Patel's clinical and academic interests include high risk obstetrics, premature labour, foetal growth retardation, obstetric epidemiology and quality of the standards of health and clinical provision.


Patel became a Member of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists in 1969, and a Fellow in 1988.[2] He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh in 1999.[4] He served as Chairman of the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges of Scotland 1994–95, and of the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges of the UK 1996–98.[2] He was President of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists from 1995 to 1998, having been Honorary Secretary from 1987 to 1992 and Vice-President 1992–95.[2]

Lord Patel was the Vice President of the charity Attend[5] from 2012-2014 when he was elected President of the organization. He currently holds the position of President of Attend.


Patel received a knighthood in the 1997 Queen's Birthday Honours,[6] and was created a life peer on 1 March 1999, as Baron Patel, of Dunkeld in Perth and Kinross.[7] He has served as Vice-President of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Maternity Services since 2002 and of the group on Infertility Services since 2003, as well as being Chairman of the Stem Cell Steering Committee since 2003. He has been a member of the Science and Technology committee since his elevation.

In 2006, Lord Patel was appointed Chancellor of the University of Dundee. As part of his investiture he chose to bestow honorary degrees on the Baroness Cox and Professor Anna Glasier OBE.

Lord Patel has been awarded honorary fellowships by numerous professional bodies, including the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (1996), the Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada (1997), the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh (1997), the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh (1997), the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow (1998), the Royal College of Surgeons of England (1998), the Royal Australasian College of Obstetrics and Gynecology (1998), the Royal College of Anaesthetists (1998), the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland (2000), the Faculty of Public Health (2003), the Royal College of General Practitioners (2004) and the Royal College of Psychiatrists (2005), and is an Honorary Member of the German, Finnish, Argentinian, Chilean and Italian Societies of Obstetrics and Gynaecology.[2] He has been awarded honorary degrees by Edinburgh Napier University (1996), the University of Aberdeen (2001) and the University of St Andrews (2001) (all D.Sc.), the Universities of Stellenbosch (2001) and Athens (2004) (both M.D.), and the University of Dundee (2004) (LL.D.)[2]

On St Andrew's Day, 30 November 2009, Lord Patel was appointed to the Order of the Thistle by Queen Elizabeth II.[8] The Order of the Thistle is the highest chivalric honour in Scotland. In the UK as a whole it is second only to the Order of the Garter amongst chivalric orders. The order honours Scottish men and women who have held public office or who have contributed in some way to national life.[9] Lord Patel became the first Asian appointee in the Order's 322-year history.[10] The Order was officially presented by the Queen during an audience at Buckingham Palace on 9 June 2010.[11]

Patron of SafeHands for Mothers, a UK-based charity whose mission is to improve maternal and newborn health by harnessing the power of the visual, through the production of films.[12]


  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 31 December 2004. Retrieved 26 May 2010.
  2. ^ a b c d e f "Narendra Babubhai Patel". Who's Who. A&C Black. December 2008. Retrieved 21 June 2009.
  3. ^ "The rise and rise of Baron Patel". Asian Voice. July 5, 2016.
  4. ^ "Royal Society of Edinburgh: Fellowship" (PDF). Royal Society of Edinburgh. Archived from the original (PDF) on 16 December 2008. Retrieved 21 June 2009.
  5. ^ "Attend VIPs - Attend".
  6. ^ "No. 54794". The London Gazette (Supplement). 13 June 1997. p. 2.
  7. ^ "No. 55419". The London Gazette. 4 March 1999. p. 2543.
  8. ^ "No. 59258". The London Gazette. 1 December 2009. p. 20801.
  9. ^ "Announcement of new appointments to the Order of the Thistle, 29 November 2009". Royal Household of the United Kingdom. 29 November 2009. Retrieved 1 December 2009.
  10. ^ "First Asian made Knight of Order". Google. Press Association. 1 December 2009. Retrieved 1 December 2009.
  11. ^ "Scottish Asian awarded top honour by Queen". BBC. BBC News. 9 June 2010. Retrieved 20 June 2010.
  12. ^ "SafeHands for Mothers". SafeHands for Mothers. Retrieved 9 September 2014.
Academic offices
Preceded by
James Black
Chancellor of the University of Dundee
Succeeded by
Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell