Born in South Africa, Sir Terence English worked as a mining engineer in Zimbabwe and Canada before studying medicine at Guy”s Hospital in London. In 1979 he performed Britain’s first successful heart transplant, and in 1980 he was appointed Director of the British Heart Foundation Research Group at Papworth Hospital, where he led an internationally acclaimed surgical team specialising in heart and, later, heart-lung and lung, transplantation. Sir Terence English was President of the Royal College of Surgeons of England (1989 – 1992), and President of the British Medical Association (1995 – 1996). In 1991, he was made Knight Commander of the British Empire (KBE).
Master of St Catharine’s College in Cambridge (1993 – 2000), he also served as Deputy Lieutenant of Cambridgeshire (1994 – 2001).