John Searle worked as consultant anaesthetist at the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital for 25 years. He was also Director of the Intensive Care Unit where he developed a particular interest in the management of patients dying from trauma and acute illness. He was the foundation chair of the Exeter and District Hospice.
John was ordained as a minister in the Church of England in 1995, since when he has worked in a number of ministerial posts including training clergy for the Anglican and Methodists churches. He recently retired as a residentiary canon at Exeter Cathedral.
He has a long-standing interest in ethics and together with Professor John Bryant has co-authored books on ethics and science including “Life in our Hands”, a review of the ethical dilemmas presented by advances in molecular biology and artificial reproduction. In 1998 he was awarded the OBE for services to medicine and the hospice movement.
On Common Ground
John participated in the panel “Are Scientists Playing God?” on 16 March.