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 Sir Kenneth Calman

Assumed office 
23rd January 2006
Preceded by Sir William Kerr Fraser

In office
1998 – 2006
Preceded by Professor Evelyn Ebsworth
Succeeded by Professor Chris Higgins

In office
1991 – 1998
Preceded by Sir Donald Acheson
Succeeded by Sir Liam Donaldson

In office
1989 – 1991
Preceded by Iain Macdonald
Succeeded by Robert Kendell

Born December 25, 1941 (1941-12-25) (age 68)
Citizenship United Kingdom
Nationality Scottish
Spouse(s) Anne Wilkie
Alma mater University of Glasgow
Profession Physician and Surgeon

Sir Kenneth Charles Calman, KCB, DL, FRSE is a Scottish cancer researcher and former Chief Medical Officer of Scotland, and then England. He was Warden and Vice-Chancellor of Durham University from 1998 to 2006, before becoming Chancellor of the University of Glasgow. He has held the position of Chair of National Cancer Research Institute since April 2008.

He was convener of the Calman Commission on Scottish devolution, which was named after him.


Early life

Kenneth Calman was born on Christmas Day 1941 to Arthur McIntosh Calman and Grace Douglas Don.[1] He was educated at the independent Allan Glen's School and went on to study at the University of Glasgow. He began medical training, and took an intercalated BSc in Biochemistry, whilst studying for his MB ChB, the general medical degree. He undertook a PhD in Dermatology and also received an MD.[2]

He became Lecturer in Surgery at the University in 1969, and between 1972-74 was as a clinical research fellow at the Chester Beatty Research Institute in London, funded by the Medical Research Council.[3] In 1974, he was appointed to the Chair of Clinical Oncology, and became Dean of Postgraduate Medicine in 1984.[2]


Professor Calman was appointed Chief Medical Officer for Scotland, at the Scottish Office in 1989. He was then appointed Chief Medical Officer for England, by the United Kingdom government, at the Department of Health in 1991-98, a period that included the BSE crisis. He was made a Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath in 1996, and is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians, the Royal College of Surgeons and the Royal Society of Edinburgh.

In 1998, he was appointed Vice-Chancellor and Warden of Durham University. His time as vice-chancellor saw the expansion and integration of the campus at Stockton-on-Tees, with two colleges being established there in 2001 and the campus being renamed Queen's Campus during the 2003 Golden Jubilee celebrations. A new college was also opened in 2006, Josephine Butler College. There has also been a return to the teaching of medicine at Durham, with students doing their pre-clinical studies at Queen's Campus before transferring to Newcastle to complete the clinical part of their degrees. His time as vice-chancellor also saw the closure of the Department of East Asian Studies in 2007. Professor Calman retired as Warden in 2006 and was succeeded by Professor Christopher Higgins.

On 23 January 2006, it was announced Professor Calman had been elected Chancellor of the University of Glasgow by the General Council of the University, taking around sixty per cent of the vote[4] against opponent Professor Sir Neil MacCormick, a former MEP and noted jurist and son of John MacCormick, former Rector of the University.


Calman Commission

Professor Calman is the chair of a commission established by the Scottish Parliament in March 2008 to review Scottish devolution, commonly referred to as the Calman Commission.[5] Other Commission members include former Lord Advocate Colin Boyd, former Deputy First Minister Jim Wallace, and Mona Siddiqui, Professor of Islamic Studies at the University of Glasgow. The Commission published its first interim report in December 2008,[6] and published its final report on 15 June 2009. The Commission recommended, amongst other things, that the Scottish Parliament receive greater tax-raising powers as well as control over the regulation of airguns, the administration of elections, drink-driving limits and the national speed limit.

Personal life

Professor Calman has received honorary degrees from the Universities of Glasgow, Strathclyde, Aberdeen, Nottingham, Newcastle, Birmingham, Stirling, Paisley, Westminster and Brighton, the Open University and Glasgow Caledonian University.

He has been President of The Boys' Brigade since September 2007, and addressed his first Council meeting as President at Tulliallan Castle in September 2008.

He married Anne Wilkie in 1967, and has a son and two daughters. He enjoys collecting cartoons and sundials, and has a dog named Mungo.[7]


  1. ^ A&C Black (December 2008). "CALMAN, Sir Kenneth (Charles)". Who's Who. Retrieved 25th June 2009.  
  2. ^ a b "University of Glasgow :: Story :: Biography of Sir Kenneth Calman". University of Glasgow. Retrieved 25th June 2009.  
  3. ^ Geoffrey Rivett. "Sir Kenneth Calman, FRSE, PhD, BSc, FRCP, FRCS(Ed), FRCGP". Retrieved 25th June 2009.  
  4. ^ "University of Glasgow appoints new Chancellor". University of Glasgow. 23rd January 2006. Retrieved 25th June 2009.  
  5. ^ BBC NEWS | Scotland | Devolution review body launched
  6. ^ The Future of Scottish Devolution within the Union: A First Report
  7. ^ "Vice-Chancellor retires from Durham University". Durham University. 22nd March 2007. Retrieved 25th June 2009.  

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Government offices
Preceded by
Iain Macdonald
Chief Medical Officer for Scotland
Succeeded by
Robert Kendell
Preceded by
Sir Donald Acheson
Chief Medical Officer for Her Majesty's Government
Succeeded by
Sir Liam Donaldson
Academic offices
Preceded by
Professor Evelyn Ebsworth
Warden and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Durham
1998 to 2007
Succeeded by
Professor Christopher Higgins
Preceded by
Sir William Kerr Fraser
Chancellor of the University of Glasgow
2006 -
Succeeded by


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