Physician who researched the effects of nuclear radiation and in the cold war years reached the peak of the new profession of radiobiology
Patricia Lindop, who has died aged 87, was one of Europe’s most brilliant medical radiobiologists and a physician driven as much by compassion and wisdom as by natural skill. As well as setting up the medical radiobiology department at St Bartholomew’s hospital in London in 1960, she was a key player in the Pugwash peace initiative, aimed at reducing the risk of nuclear conflict and co-founded by the physicist Joseph Rotblat, her colleague and friend, along with the philosopher Bertrand Russell, in 1957.
Apart from her medical qualifications, Lindop had doctorates in physiology and biochemistry. As a departmental professor she researched and taught these specialties at St Bartholomew’s hospital for more than 30 years. During the postwar years, sidestepping the male dominance of medicine in Britain, she reached the peak of the then new profession of radiobiology alongside her older contemporaries Dame Janet Vaughan and Dr Alice Stewart.