Remembering Professor John Lennard-Jones


Professor John Lennard-Jones

1927 - 2019

PINNT extends heartfelt condolences to John's family and sincere gratitude for his significant contribution and legacy.


John had a fulfilling career and at the heart of all he did were his patients. He had a serenity about him that gave reassurance and confidence to those facing difficult times. He was compassionate with a deep sense of humility.


PINNT was established by four patients at St. Mark’s Hospital and John supported the charity from its inception. He attended the inaugural meeting and was always available for advice and guidance.


In 1992 John chaired a working party at the Kings Fund, which published a document, ‘A Positive Approach to Nutrition as Treatment’, which was both groundbreaking and impactful in the world of nutrition.


This report lead to the formation of the British Association for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (BAPEN). John was the first Chairman and he created a professional association which was unique – he invited PINNT to be a founding member – ensuring patients were equal partners. He never truly understood why this was groundbreaking - but it was - and only John had the foresight to make this happen.

Whilst saddened by the news, the team at PINNT celebrates his life and are thankful that some of us were fortunate enough to have known the man who was a trailblazer for patients, gastroenterology and artificial nutrition.



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