Professor William Mapleson 1926-2018

The Association of Anaesthetists is sad to hear the news that Professor William (Bill) Mapleson peacefully passed away on the evening of 31 October aged 92 years. Professor Mapleson was a giant of Anaesthesia and is probably best known by all anaesthetists for his classification of respiratory circuits, but his contributions to the science of anaesthesia was so much greater as recognised by the award of the Association's Sir Ivan Magil Gold medal in 2002, one of only seven recipients of this honour. Despite his great age, Bill remained very active and was an invaluable source of advice and support to the anaesthesia community right up to his death.
You can read more about Prof William Mapleson in our Anaesthesia Heritage Oral History.

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Kindness and Support

In 1997, out of the blue, Prof. Mapleson sent me a personal letter following his reading of my first ever publication. I still have this framed in my study and this small act of kindness still inspires me to this day. Thank you Professor.

Farewell to Bill Mapleson

A kind and gentle man who was very supportive to young researchers at the Anaesthetic Research Society. I am personally grateful for his interest and enthusiasm and remember him as a role model for how senior academics can engage with those at the beginning of their careers. I salute him.