William J B Houston


Bill Houston was born and educated in Edinburgh, Scotland.

He obtained his first dental degree and FDSRCS from the Edinburgh Dental School .

His orthodontic training was undertaken at the Royal Dental Hospital, London where he was appointed as a lecturer and obtained his PhD. He became head of the department following the death of Professor Philip Walther, and in 1978 Dean.

Following the merger between the Royal Dental and Guy's Hospital, he was appointed head of the Department of Orthodontics and Paediatric Dentistry, United Medical and Dental Schools.


He held the post of honorary secretary of the European Orthodontic Society for 10 years during which time he was also editor of the British Journal of Orthodontics.

In 1984 he was appointed editor of the European Journal of Orthodontics and held this post until his death.

He was President of the EOS in 1988. His main areas of interest were growth and craniofacial development. He was involved in projects in Ecuador and Sri Lanka on patients with craniofacial anomalies and also collaborated on a number of European projects. He published widely on these and other subjects and had also written three books.