John B. Harman

Physician from United Kingdom

John Bishop Harman, FRCS, FRCP (10 August 1907 – 13 November 1994) was a British physician, president of the Medical Defence Union and chairman of the British National Formulary. He was also notable as a medical expert witness for the defence in the trial of suspected serial killer John Bodkin Adams. His daughter, Harriet Harman, is the current deputy leader of the Labour Party. Harman was born at 108 Harley Street and practised and lived there his whole life. His father, Nathaniel, trained as a Baptist minister but gained a double first at Cambridge and became an ophthalmic consultant. His mother was Katherine Chamberlain, a niece of Joseph Chamberlain, and thus cousin to Austen and Neville. Katherine also qualified as a doctor but devoted herself to her family instead. Both his parents were committed Unitarians, his mother by birth and his father by conversion before marriage; his mother gave a substantial sum of money towards the reconstruction of the headquarters building known as Essex Hall. His eldest sibling grew up to be a historian and writer, best known under her married name as Elizabeth Pakenham, Countess of Longford. Harman went to Oundle School, where he was very  ( Wikipedia article )


Personal facts

Known as
John Harman,Dr. John B. Harman
Date of birth
United Kingdom


Institution From To
St John's College, Cambridge


Date of death

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