n South African Medical Journal - Professor Trefor Jenkins : a tribute : Festschrift : Professor Trefor Jenkins - foreword

Volume 103, Issue 12
  • ISSN : 0256-9574
  • E-ISSN: 2078-5135



Trefor Jenkins is a true Welshman, born in Wales at Merthyr Tydfil on 24 July, 1932, in a Glamorgan coal mining valley and within a coal mining family. He lived with his extended family and went to school at the local junior school and on to the grammar school. He then moved to London to study medicine at King's College, University of London, and Westminster Hospital. After graduating in 1956, he took a position in the Royal Army Medical Corps, then one with the South Wales Regional Hospital Board. He emigrated to Zimbabwe (then Southern Rhodesia) in 1960 to take up a post as medical officer at the Wankie Colliery Hospital. There he first came across sickle cell anaemia, which stimulated his life-long interest in both haematology and genetics. With a young family, he moved to South Africa to work firstly in a Durban hospital and then in Johannesburg at the University of the Witwatersrand Medical School (where he says he found his academic home), with Professor Philip Tobias, in Anatomy.

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