Br J Ophthalmol 84:443 doi:10.1136/bjo.84.4.443
  • Obituary

Norman Henry Ashton cbe, dsc (lond), frcp, frcs, frcpath, frcophth, frs, kstj , b11 September 1913, d 4 January 2000

  1. ADAM SILLITO, Director
  1. Institute of Ophthalmology
  2. Institute of Ophthalmology
    1. PHIL LUTHERT, Deputy Director
    1. Institute of Ophthalmology
    2. Institute of Ophthalmology

        Professor Norman Ashton, a world leader in research into eye diseases, died on Tuesday 4 January 2000 at the age of 86. He was director of pathology at the Institute of Ophthalmology for 30 years and laid the foundations of the study of the pathological basis of eye disease in the UK. His legacy to us comprises not only the results of his own research but also the structures he has left behind. His clear thinking was central to the creation of the current Institute of Ophthalmology building on a joint site with Moorfields Eye Hospital. And by pivotal contributions to the establishment and growth of the national charity Fight for Sight, he has ensured that the current generation of researchers are in a position to carry on where he left off.


        Born in London in 1913, Professor Ashton read medicine at King's College London and Westminster Hospital Medical School. After qualifying in 1939 he specialised in pathology and was appointed as a pathologist to the Kent and Canterbury Hospital from 1941 to 1945 before carrying out his military service with the Royal Army Medical Corp in West Africa and Egypt from 1945 to 1947.

        In …