Date of death: 09 November 2010
Year James Spence Medal awarded: 1985
Neil Gordon was the first paediatric neurologist outside of London. After an adventurous military career as Medical Officer to a Mobile Field Hospital in North Africa, Italy and France with the RAF Medical Service, he worked at the Royal Infirmary, Edinburgh, Queen Square, London and St Mary’s Hospital in Manchester, Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital and Booth Hall Children’s Hospital.
He was an Honorary Fellow of the College of Speech Therapy and wrote extensively on eponymic diseases and paediatric neurology, including chronic handicaps, cerebral palsy, epilepsy, disorders of languages and learning difficulties. He was a much sought after consultant in cases of rare disease in childhood and worked to inform attitudes and management of the role played by family, therapists, and health visitors on a chronically handicapped child.
He was honoured for his role in the development of paediatric neurology in Great Britain and abroad, and for a lifetime of arduous, compassionate and highly effective service to children.