My father, Ian Wootton, who has died aged 97, was professor of chemical pathology at the Royal Postgraduate Medical School in London and part of a golden age in the development of the discipline of clinical biochemistry, which concentrates on the analysis of bodily fluids.

He began as a research assistant at Hammersmith hospital, west London, to Earl King, the founding father of clinical biochemistry in Britain, and eventually took over as chair of chemical pathology on King’s death. King had written various editions of the textbook Microanalysis in Medical Biochemistry from 1946 onwards, and Ian co-authored the third edition with him.

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