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Rob Buckman

Rob Buckman

(1948 – 2011)

  • Your brilliance enhanced so many people's lives. Rest in peace.
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Rob Buckman

Rob Buckman
(1948 – 2011)

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Rob Buckman

(1948 – 2011)
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This is an online obituary dedicated to Rob Buckman. His full name was Robert Alexander Amiel Buckman and he was a British-Canadian doctor of medicine, comedian and author, and since 1999 had been president of the Humanist Association of Canada. He first appeared in a Cambridge University Footlights Revue in 1969, and went on to present several television and radio programmes about medicine, as well as appearing on comedy programmes such as Just a Minute. He is also the author of many popular books on medicine.
Rob Buckman attended University College School and graduated in medicine from Cambridge University in 1972. He continued his medical training at the Royal Marsden Hospital and University College Hospital,
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London, becoming a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians.
Rob Buckman was a familiar voice on BBC Radio 4 during the 1970s and 1980s, both on panel shows, and fronting one-off programmes on scientific topics. He contributed scripts to the Richard Gordon-adapted sitcom Doctor on the Go, and also acted in the spin-off Pink Medicine Show. He also was one of the performers and writers of the first The Secret Policeman's Ball fundraiser in 1979, alongside Billy Connolly, John Cleese and Eleanor Bron.
Rob Buckman was more distinguished as a popular science presenter and appeared on the programme Don't Ask Me in the 1970s. He continued this career in Canada where he has contributed to TV Ontario programmes
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such as Your Health and the CTV medical show Balance. His television series Magic or Medicine? investigated alternative medicine and won a Gemini award, while Human Wildlife covered microbes in the domestic environment.
He was a member of the Atheists team on CBC Test the Nation: IQ broadcast live on January 24, 2010.
Besides tie-ins to his TV series, Robert Buckman has authored several books of medical humour, such as Out of Practice (1978), Jogging from Memory: or letters to Sigmund Freud (1980), and The Buckman Treatment; or a doctor's tour in North America (1989). More recently, as Robert Buckman, he contributed as author or co-author to a series of What You Really Need to Know About... books on common
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medical conditions, including cancer, asthma, high blood pressure, HRT, (all 1999), diabetes, stroke, and irritable bowel syndrome (2000).
In 1979, Rob Buckman was diagnosed with dermatomyositis, an autoimmune disease which seriously affected his ability to work and was nearly fatal. His illness and recovery over the next couple of years was the subject of a 1981 UK TV documentary, Your Own Worst Enemy.
Robert Buckman emigrated to Toronto, Canada in 1985. In 1994 Rob Buckman was named Canada’s Humanist of the Year. He was a signer of Humanist Manifesto 2000. Since 1999, he has been President of the Humanist Association of Canada, and was also currently Chair of the Advisory Board on Bioethics of
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the International Humanist and Ethical Union. His main popular work in humanism is Can We Be Good Without God? Biology, Behaviour and the Need to Believe.
Rob Buckman died on the 9th October 2011. This is an online tribute dedicated to Robert Buckman and his contribution to our world. May he rest in peace.
Remembrance Messages
On 14th Nov 2011
John Caplin
wrote:
I was very sorry to hear of Rob's death. Rob was a few years ahead of me at University College School, and then again at University College Hospital Medical School. I worked as House Officer when he was the Registrar in cardiology at the Whittington Hospital in the late 1970s, and I remember holding on to his bleep when he went off to appear on "Start the Week" on Radio 4. I also remember when he first developed the symptoms of dermatmyositis, and how stoically
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John Caplin
message continued:
he coped with the disease. I always felt that Canada gained enormously, and the UK lost significantly when he emigrated. I loved all the programmes, and will miss the laughs.
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On 25th Oct 2011
Steve Hatton
wrote:
I met Rob back in 1980 when he was guest at a science fiction convention I helped organise, we nominated the Oncology Club Fund as our charity and raised £500. Rob gave a great talk and was highly amusing, since he death many people who where at the convention have said how sad the news of his death was and all have very fond memories of meeting him.
Thanks Rob for all you did to help others.
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Rob Buckman

This is an online obituary dedicated to Rob Buckman. His full name was Robert Alexander Amiel Buckman and he was a British-Canadian doctor of medicine, comedian and author, and since 1999 had been president of the Humanist Association of Canada. He first appeared in a Cambridge University Footlights Revue in 1969, and went on to present several television and radio programmes about medicine, as well as appearing on comedy programmes such as Just a Minute. He is also the author of many popular books on medicine.
Rob Buckman attended University College School and graduated in medicine from Cambridge University in 1972. He continued his medical training at the Royal Marsden Hospital and University College Hospital,...

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