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25 January 2021

Professor Gordon McVie of School of Cancer & Pharmaceutical Sciences dies after battling short illness

It is with huge sadness that we are announcing that Gordon McVie, visiting Professor within the Comprehensive Cancer Centre, has passed away last week, aged 76.

Gordon McVie
Prof. Gordon McVie at Guy's Campus

For the last decade, Gordon has been a great ally and friend to his colleagues both at Guy’s Campus and across King’s more widely, actively promoting the international standing of the Cancer Centre and advising on the strategy. As well as his role at King’s, Gordon was president at the European Organisation for Research & Treatment of Cancer and had a Clinical Research Directorship post at the National Cancer Institute of the Netherlands. Colleagues say that his tireless efforts in his role as Senior Clinical Research Consultant led to the ongoing and fruitful collaboration with the Italian Institute for Molecular Oncology.

His prime objective was to promote the translation of scientific knowledge into clinical improvement of cancer care:

Forty years in cancer clinical research and people still dying in their thousands. I'd like a better epitaph than that, so I'm still following my curiosity genotype, arranging marriages between lab and clinical scientists, and communicating globally online as founding editor of

Professor Gordon McVie on LinkedIn

Gordon and his achievements will never be forgotten, and it will be ensured that they continue to support and encourage the cancer research strategy. His passing is a huge loss for global cancer and for all his colleagues at King’s who had the pleasure to both work alongside him and call him their friend.

We will always be indebted to his tremendous contributions here in our Cancer Centre

Professor Tony Ng, Joint Head of School, Cancer & Pharmaceutical Sciences

Gordon lived a rich and passionate life, both in and outside of academia. Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife Claudia and his entire family during this difficult time.

Read the external tributes for Gordon in ecancer and VHIO