Administrative / Biographical History

MB BS Lond 1923, MD; MRCP 1925; MRCS LRCP 1923.

Lane was born on 2 July 1897. After serving in the RAF, Lane trained at Guy's Hospital. He held junior positions at Guy's before settling in general practice in Nottingham where he was also honorary surgeon to Nottinghamshire General Dispensary. Lane's interest in occupational medicine began in 1927 when he was appointed to investigate health problems connected with the electric accumulator industry. In 1929 was appointed consulting physician to most of the industry, a position which involved much research into industrial medicine. The quality of his research was rewarded when he became a member of the Industrial Health Research Board in 1937. During the 1930s Lane also held appointments at Salford Royal Infirmary, where he was appointed physician in 1937. World War II saw Lane heavily involved in research and research management for the Occupational Health Committee of the MRC, especially in relation to the training of doctors and nurses. In 1945 Lane was appointed to the first chair of occupational health to be set up in the UK, at the University of Manchester. He held this position until retirement in 1964, and during this time established a strong department. Lane died on 14 March 1995.

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