Arnold Peter Meiklejohn

Arnold Peter Meiklejohn
Born1909 (1909)
Died14 June 1961(1961-06-14) (aged 51–52)
Known forFeeding of inmates and the supervision of 97 medical students at Bergen-Belsen concentration camp
Scientific career
InstitutionsUniversity of Edinburgh

Arnold Peter Meiklejohn (1909 – 14 June 1961) was a lecturer in nutrition at the University of Edinburgh who in 1945, was given the responsibility of administering the starvation diet to the severely malnourished and dying inmates at Bergen-Belsen concentration camp shortly after its liberation by British troops. In this role, he supervised just under 100 London volunteer medical students who were sent to the camp to assist him, at the request of Brigadier Hugh Glyn-Hughes and the war office.

In 1947, at the request of the Medical Research Council (MRC), he assessed and reported on the state of nutrition of German civilians.

He wrote a number of books based on nutrition, particularly errors of metabolism.

Early life

Arnold Meiklejohn was born in Harpenden in 1909. He attended Gresham's School with W.H. Auden, Stephen Spender, and John Pudney. After completing school, he gained a science scholarship to Oriel College, Oxford and graduated with a first-class honours BSc in physiology in 1931, following which he gained admission to St Mary's Hospital, London, where he received a Radcliffe Scholarship and a Peabody Travelling Fellowship. After three years of working with leading American physicians that included George Minot and William Bosworth Castle he achieved his B.M., B.Ch in 1935.[1]

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