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Celebrating the life of Professor Peter Kopelman

The University of London is honoured to host this event, celebrating the life our former Vice-Chancellor, Professor Peter Kopelman.

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Painting of Professor Peter Kopelman
Former Vice-Chancellor, Professor Peter Kopelman (1951-2021)

Peter sadly passed away in July 2021, and many of Peter’s family, friends and colleagues wished for this opportunity to celebrate his life and remember him.

Peter’s successor as Vice-Chancellor, Professor Wendy Thomson will welcome all our guests for an event starting at 3:00pm in the Chancellor’s Hall of Senate House, University of London.

We will hear from some of Peter’s former colleagues and the organisations he worked with and there will be closing remarks from Peter’s family.   We also hope to include a musical interlude.

The event will be followed with afternoon tea and refreshments at around 4:30pm.

Event registration

Registration is free, but we would ask that you let us know if you are planning to attend.

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Professor Peter Kopelman had a long association with the University of London, which began when he studied medicine at St George’s, University of London as an undergraduate, and in a long and distinguished career became its Principal (2008-15). Prior to his appointment at St George’s, he was Vice-Principal, Queen Mary University of London, and was interim Vice-Chancellor of the University of London between June 2018 and June 2019.

Professor Kopelman had a long-standing interest in diabetes care and initiated a district-wide scheme for integrated care in East London. He was active in health policy, medical education and research.

He chaired the Clinical Examining Board of the Royal College of Physicians, the Royal Pharmaceutical Society Faculty and Education Board and Health Education England’s Oversight Board for Medical Associate Practitioners.

Professor Kopelman’s major research interest was in the field of obesity, in particular endocrine aspects and possible genetic determinants. He was also interested in the pathophysiology of associated complications and their management.  He was also a member of the Chief Medical Officer’s Working Group on physical activity. He was chair of the Royal College of Physicians Committee on Nutrition and chaired the College’s Working Party on the management of obesity with particular reference to drug therapy. He also chaired the Royal College of Physicians’ Working Party on nutritional care of patients that resulted in the publication of a report entitled Nutrition and Patients – a Doctor’s Responsibility.

Book of condolence

Following his death, the University set up a book of condolence to remember Peter – this can be viewed on Remembrance Book.

The Anthony Nolan Charity

The family would also welcome donations in memory of Peter, in support of Anthony Nolan. If you wish to make a donation, you can do so here - Professor Peter Kopelman.