After a career as a GP in North Yorkshire, Dr Peter Sowerby co-founded Egton Medical Information Systems Limited (EMIS) in 1987, having developed software for an electronic medical record system for GPs. The company grew over thirty years to be the largest supplier of clinical information systems to General Practitioners in the UK.
Peter was born and brought up around Hull but during the war he was sent to Keswick Grammar School which was very progressive for the time. Here he was introduced to Philosophy, a subject that influenced him for the rest of his life. He went on to study Medicine at Guys where he met and married Ann. Ann was born in Kenya and maintained ties there throughout her life. Ann was also a passionate Gardener.
After doing his National Service as an ENT Surgeon at Colchester Barracks, Peter got his first job as a junior partner in General Practice back in Hull. In 1960 Peter landed his dream job, a single handed GP in Egton near Whitby. As well as his work as a GP Peter became an active member of the College of General Practitioners and also found time to research and publish papers into conditions that appeared to be abnormally high within his practice - (e.g. Lead Poisoning and Farmer’s Lung). To facilitate this research Peter used many different methods of collating data from his patient records which eventually led him to take an interest in Computers.
He wrote software for an electronic medical record system for use by GPs, and in 1987, co-founded Egton Medical Information Systems Limited (EMIS). The resulting company has grown over more than 30 years to be the largest supplier of clinical information systems to General Practitioners in the UK.
In 2011, Peter established the Foundation as a charity to direct his personal wealth to meet his philanthropic objectives and those of his late wife, Ann. Sadly, in November 2019, Peter died aged 92. However, his extraordinary legacy will continue through the grant making of the Foundation in perpetuity.