Eminent physician and Patron of Humanists UK, born 1920
Professor Sir Kenneth Stuart’s distinguished career has included spells as: adviser to Commonwealth Secretariat, London; Professor and Head of Department of Medicine, University of the West Indies, Jamaica; consultant, University Hospital, Jamaica; and consultant advisor to the Wellcome Trust. He is also a patron of Doctors for Human Rights and trustee of London Lighthouse.
In a letter to The Independent in 1996, he called for a national council to respond to emerging medical-ethical issues, issues that could not be left entirely to doctor, scientists and lawyers:
It is time that society gave more attention to the processes (other than the current ‘fire alarm’ approaches) by which such questions might be dealt with in the future. There is clearly a need for some form of National Ethical Council with a wide-ranging membership, whose role would not only be to review the issues that stemmed or seemed likely to stem from medical scientific advance but also to promote community understanding and discussion of them.
He was one of signatories to a letter supporting a holiday on Charles’ Darwin’s birthday , published inThe Times on February 12, 2003, and also sent to the Prime Minister and the Home Secretary, and in July 2009 he joined other eminent scientists and educators calling for vital changes to the proposed science curriculum for primary schools in England in a letter to the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families.