John George Gibson (1920 - 1974):
John George Gibson was born in Belfast and was educated at the Royal Belfast Academical Institution and Queen's University, Belfast. After serving in the Royal Air Force in Africa, he became a doctor of medicine in 1946. He trained as a psychiatrist at the Institute of Psychiatry and at Harvard, where he worked at the Massachusetts General Hospital. On his return he became senior lecturer in the Institute of Psychiatry and consultant to the Bethlem - Maudsley Joint Hospital. He published The Versatile Spud, which was the result of his research on the possible relationship between the incidence of congenital nervous system anomalies and the consumption of potatoes. His work covered the scientific study of psychosomatic interrelationships, thyroid disorders and muscle-tension pain in anxiety. In 1957 he became Foundation Professor of Mental Health. He was an examiner for, and a Fellow of both the Royal College of Physicians in London and the Royal College of Psychiatrists. In 1973 he was appointed Chairman of the Northern Ireland Association for Mental Health.