Harry Angelman (1915-1996) 300

Harry Angelman (1915-1996) was an English paediatrician



  • Born on August 13, 1915 in Birkenhead, England
  • 1938 – MB ChB University of Liverpool
  • 1940 – DCH
  • 1947 – MRCP
  • 1948 – MD
  • 1950-1976 Consultant paediatrician at Warrington General Hospital
  • 1971 – FRCP
  • Died on August 8, 1996 in Portsmouth, England

Medical Eponyms
Angelman syndrome (1965)

Angelman syndrome (AS) is characterised by intellectual and developmental delay, speech impediment, sleep disturbance, unstable jerky gait, seizures, hand flapping movements, frequent laughter/smiling and usually a happy demeanour.

Angelman syndrome results from a lack of maternal contribution from chromosome 15q11-q13, arising from de novo deletion in most cases or from uniparental disomy in rare cases. The sister syndrome is called Prader-Willi syndrome, and is caused by loss of paternal genes.

Ritratto di fanciullo con disegno Giovanni Francesco Caroto
Ritratto di fanciullo con disegno Giovanni Francesco Caroto Wikimedia
Harry Angelman discusses identification of Angelman syndrome

Major Publications



  • Obituary. Harry Angelman. BMJ 1997;314:231
  • Biography: Harry Angelman. Lives of the Fellows of the Royal College of Physicians of London. Munk’s Roll: Volume X: 9.

Eponymous terms


Medical student University of Sydney. Currently on sabbatical with the Wallabies and Western Force rugby

BA MA (Oxon) MBChB (Edin) FACEM FFSEM. Emergency physician, Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital.  Passion for rugby; medical history; medical education; and asynchronous learning #FOAMed evangelist. Co-founder and CTO of Life in the Fast lane | Eponyms | Books | Twitter |

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