Professor Jonathan Montgomery (1980) has been awarded a Knighthood in the New Year Honours for services to Bioethics and Healthcare Law.
Commenting on the award, Sir Jonathan said ‘I am delighted that the importance of bioethics to public life and the vital role of the law in good governance in the delivery of health care has been recognised in this way. Law and medicine have long been central to Caian life and it is a privilege to have been able to bridge the disciplines in my public service work’. He expressed his gratitude to his former tutors and supervisors at Gonville & Caius College saying ‘without whom I would never have even begun to make sense of the law.’
His supervisor at Caius, Mr Michael Prichard, congratulated Sir Jonathan on his well-deserved honour, saying ‘I am not sure that anything I taught you about Land Law, Equity or Legal History will have helped you much with Bioethics and Healthcare Law.’ Mr Michael Prichard, our Senior Fellow, who turned 91 in November, also commented ‘I become increasingly conscious of the relevance of healthcare law today’.
Sir Jonathan insists that the quality of teaching at Caius has had an immense impact on his career. Three decades after his time at Caius, he still finds himself referring to the principles he learnt from Law Fellows Mr Michael Prichard, Professor Len Sealy and Professor Tony Smith. ‘A major part of my approach to teaching has been concerned with creating something of the Cambridge ‘supervision’ experience despite the much larger class sizes that we have in the non-collegiate systems,’ said Sir Jonathan. ‘It is possibly true that the main legacy of your teaching lies in method and concern for rigour rather than particular legal knowledge. However, I did find myself recently trying to explain the challenges of staffing in the NHS by reference to the difference between fungible and non-fungible goods!’ Sir Jonathan continues.
Professor Sir Jonathan Montgomery is Professor of Health Care Law at University College London. He followed his Father, also a Caian, who took his degree in History in 1957. Sir Jonathan graduated from Caius in 1983 (BA), and 1984 (LLM). As he left to take up a lectureship at the University of Southampton, his brother came up to study Archaeology and Anthropology.
Photograph credit: Health Data Research UK