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11 June 2019

In memory of Professor Peter Hylands

We share the very sad news that Professor Peter Hylands, former Head of Department of Pharmacy and Institute of Pharmaceutical Science passed away on Monday 10 June following a short illness.

Professor Peter Hylands
Professor Peter Hylands

Peter was not only a distinguished academic but an active member of the executive leadership team within the Faculty of Life Sciences & Medicine and an internationalist and pioneer in the field of natural product chemistry. His contributions were many, and his influence far-reaching. Last year a facility was named the Hylands Clinical Pharmacy Skills Suite at King's in recognition of his efforts. 

In 1973, Peter first became a lecturer at Chelsea School of Pharmacy (which merged with King’s in 1985). Following time in industry and at his own company,  Peter re-joined the Pharmacy Department at King’s in 2003. 

He rose to Professor and became the Head of Department in 2007. He was central to the success of the Department and in 2011 co-created (alongside Professor Clive Page) the Institute of Pharmaceutical Science which has become a world-leading research centre. 

In 2009 Peter also contributed greatly to the establishment of the Pharmaceutical Sciences Clinical Academic Group (PSCAG) as part of King’s Health Partners (KHP). 

Peter set high standards and led by example. His door was always open to staff and the entire pharmacy student body who sought his counsel on difficult matters both professional and personal. He went about life with a sense of purpose, using his sense of humour to good effect while possessing a sensitive internal barometer to determine what was and was not fair. His work ethic was second-to-none. This quality and many others described here made him a highly respected and influential academic. His scholarship, leadership and friendship will be sorely missed throughout King’s.

Peter is survived by his wife, Deborah, daughter Kate and son Jonty. Our thoughts are with his family and those across King’s who worked closely with Peter, and who knew him as a friend as well as a colleague.

Read more on the accomplishments of Professor Peter Hylands