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John Davis (paediatrician)

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John Allen Davis

John Davis at the James Spence Medal award 1991.
Alma materUniversity of London
Scientific career
FieldsPediatrics oncology
InstitutionsPaddington Green Children's Hospital
InfluencesDonald Winnicott

John Allen Davis FRCP (born 6 August 1923) was a paediatrician and the first professor of paediatrics at the University of Cambridge, later becoming emeritus. Davis was most notable for major research contributions to newborn physiology, particularly to the understanding of apnoea in the neonatal period. [1][2]


Davis is the son of Major H.E. Davis, MC.[3]

Davis took his clinical education the University of London, and was awarded a London University Gold Medal at graduation. After working with the British Army in Germany, Davis started his career at St Mary's Hospital, London, specialising in paediatrics.[2][4] Further experience was gained in Paddington Green Children's Hospital in the hospitals Home Care Scheme.[4] At Paddington, Davis worked with Donald Winnicott, who was to have a great influence on him.[4]

Davis was married to Madeleine Vinicombe Davis née Ashlin (died 1991)[3], who became an editor, and principal member of the Winnicott Publications Committee, established to edit Donald Winnicott papers, for posthumous publication.[2]


Davis was a Nuffield Research Fellow in Oxford, and conducted major research into newborn physiology, particularly related to the understanding of apnoea. As a senior lecturer and later reader at Hammersmith Hospital, Davis worked to improve and develop neonatal intensive care.[2] Davis eventually became Professor of Child Health in Manchester, and after twelve years, he moved to Cambridge, becoming Foundation Professor of paediatrics at the University of Cambridge.[1] Davis opened the Winnicott Research unit, named after Donald Winnicott in 1989.[2]


Davis was awarded the prestigious James Spence Medal in 1991.[4]


  • Scientific foundations of paediatrics., John A Davis; John Dobbing. Baltimore:University Park Press,1982


  1. ^ a b Kahr, Brett (2016). Tea With Winnicott. Karnac Books. p. 212. ISBN 978-1-78220-342-1. Retrieved 21 August 2018.
  2. ^ a b c d e June, Lloyd (1 August 1991). "James Spence Medallist 1991, Professor John A. Davis". Archives of Disease in Childhood. 66 (8): 913–914. doi:10.1136/adc.66.8.913. PMC 1793451. PMID 1929485.
  3. ^ a b "Davis, Prof. John Allen". Who's Who 2018. A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury. 1 December 2007. doi:10.1093/ww/9780199540884.013.U13179. Retrieved 31 October 2018.
  4. ^ a b c d "Emeritus Professor John Allen Davis". The Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health. The Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health. 28 February 2017. Retrieved 21 December 2017.
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