The driving force behind the University of Buckingham’s new medical school has died from a heart attack at the same hospital he was due at today to celebrate its successful launch.
Father-of-two Mike Cawthorne was getting ready to fly to Germany for a conference yesterday morning when he suffered a heart attack and collapsed.
Professor Cawthorne, who lived in Little Horwood, was rushed to Milton Keynes Hospital but died, aged 73, shortly after with his partner Liz by his side.
He was director of metabolic research, dean of postgraduate medicine and science, and was a former deputy vice-chancellor of the university.
This week, staff were due to celebrate the successful first six months of his medical school - which launched in January - but celebrations have been cancelled.
Professor Cawthorne led drug discovery programmes in obesity and type 2 diabetes. He was awarded the Society of Medicine Research Award for drug discovery in 2001.
His long-standing research was in the regulation of metabolism and the discovery of pioneering therapeutics.
Professor Cawthorne published 130 scientific papers and dozens of book chapters, patents and abstracts.