Robert Evan Kendell

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Robert Evan Kendell, CBE FRSE FRCP FRCPsych (28 March 1935−19 December 2002) was a Welsh psychiatrist. He was Chief Medical Officer of Scotland 1991−96, President of the Royal College of Psychiatrists 1996−99.


He was born on 28 March 1935 in Yorkshire, the son of teachers and spent some of his childhood in Wales.[1] He was educated at the Mill Hill School in London, then won a scholarship to Cambridge Medical School.[1] After a brief stint in internal medicine he joined the Maudsley Hospital. He trained under Sir Aubrey Lewis. Kendell was later awarded the Gaskell Medal.[citation needed]

Aged 38 he was appointed to the chair of psychiatry in Edinburgh. In 1986 he was made the Dean of the Medical School and during his four years in this post he supervised a period of expansion.[2] In 1991 he was appointed the Chief Medical Officer of Scotland. In 1997 he was elected the president of the Royal College of Psychiatrists and served for a three-year term.


He published more that 200 papers during his career, continuing after he had retired from employment.[2]

Awards and honours[edit]

He was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in 2002.[3] He was elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh (FRSE).


On 19 December 2002 he collapsed and died later that day, of an unsuspected brain tumour.[2]


  1. ^ a b "Munk's roll: Volume XI : Robert Evan Kendell". Royal College of Physicians. Retrieved 15 April 2016. 
  2. ^ a b c "Robert Evan Kendell" (PDF). BMJ. 326: 206. 1 February 2003. PMC 1125141Freely accessible. 
  3. ^ Bouchier, Ian (18 January 2003). "Robert Kendell". The Guardian. Retrieved 15 April 2016.