Peter Harold Adams was head of the department of medicine at the University of Manchester. He was born at home in Penarth, Glamorgan, the son of Alfred Henry Adams, a fishmonger, and Hannah Adams née Macdonald. He had a twin sister, Pat. He won a scholarship to Penarth Grammar School and then a second to study medicine at the Welsh National School of Medicine in Cardiff. He qualified in 1957 with a distinction in surgery.
He held house officer appointments at the United Cardiff Hospitals and Welsh Regional Hospital Board from 1957 to 1960, and was then a registrar on the professorial medical unit at Cardiff Royal Infirmary. From 1963 to 1964 he was a registrar in medicine at Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge. He then spent a year as a research assistant at the Mayo Clinic, University of Minnesota, USA.
On his return to the UK, he was appointed as a senior registrar at Addenbrooke’s and as a member of the scientific staff at the Medical Research Council’s Dunn nutrition laboratories, University of Cambridge.
From 1971, he was a consultant physician at Manchester Royal Infirmary and, from 1973, professor of medicine at the University of Manchester. He was head of the department of medicine from 1984. He retired in 1993. His main research interests were nutrition, bone and mineral metabolism, and disorders of the thyroid.
Outside medicine he enjoyed reading about modern history, theatre, music (particularly opera), gardening, and cricket.
In 1972, he married Judith (‘Judy’) Elizabeth Lockyer, a distinguished radiologist. They had two sons, Charles and James, and three grandchildren, Robyn, Evan and Lola. His wife died just eight days before him.
[The Times 11 November 2017 www.thetimes.co.uk/article/professors-peter-and-judy-adams-obituary-kq8r9bzgr – accessed 3 February 2020; BMJ 2017 359 5866 www.bmj.com/content/359/bmj.j5866 – accessed 3 February 2020]