A Birmingham professor who spent much of his life dedicated to researching heart disease has died at the age of 83.
Prof Kenneth Walton was involved with decades of research into heart disease and thrombosis as a lecturer in the experimental pathology department at the University of Birmingham.
Investigations into the effect of a traditional English breakfast on the blood saw Prof Walton offer fry-ups to a hundred workers in 1973. The research part of a programme spanning five years, was dedicated to uncovering the causes of heart disease and strokes.
Prof Walton said the study, funded by a £74,000 grant from the Medical Research Council, suggested the link between fats in the blood and the risk of heart problems.
The research also investigated whether heart disease was hereditary and by 1974, Prof Walton's team had screened 11,000 patients in a focused drive to reduce heart attacks.
His research work won the Birmingham region thousands of pounds worth of funding and in 1983 he helped to secure £35,000 for research into rheumatic diseases.
The funeral will take place this Friday at St Augustine's Catholic Church, High Street, Solihull, followed by a private cremation. The family asks that no flowers be sent, but instead donations can be made to Water Aid.