Plaque to be erected in honour of Islington pathologist and fencer
PUBLISHED: 16:28 22 September 2014 | UPDATED: 16:28 22 September 2014
One of the world’s leading pathologists, who also captained the British Olympic fencing team, is to be commemorated on an Islington street next week.
Dr Gordon Signy, who lived in Alwyne Road, was chosen by residents along with Len Harvey and Betty Knight to be remembered with a People’s Plaque in last years vote – which saw more than 4,700 people have their say.
Dr Signy, who was born in 1905, helped found the speciality of haematology and played a key role in developing the investigation and successful treatment of blood diseases.
In the 1940s Dr Signy established the Journal of Clinical Pathology and in 1963 helped found the Royal College of Pathologists.
Dr Signy also had an illustrious amateur sporting career, captaining the British fencing team at the Olympic Games in 1964 and 1968.
The green plaque will be put up in Alwyne Road, where Dr Signy lived from 1955 to 1972, by his sons Mark and Adam on Thursday October 2.
Cllr Janet Burgess, executive member for health and wellbeing at Islington Council, said: “We’re very proud to be unveiling an Islington People’s Plaque to commemorate Dr Gordon Signy.
“He was a pivotal figure in fighting blood disease and residents have recognised him for his major contributions to the medicine.
“That he also managed to be an Olympic fencing captain as well is all the more impressive – he is a worthy winner of a green plaque.”
After Dr Signy’s death in 1972, the World Association of Pathology Societies began a fellowship in his honour, to enable young pathologists to visit other countries and learn new skills as part of their training.
This year’s People’s Plaques winners – Mary Tealby, Nina Bawden and the North London Synagogue – will all have their plaques unveiled in 2015.
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