Michael Rutter

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"Michael Rutter graduated from the University of Birmingham (UK) medical school in 1955. He undertook postgraduate training in medicine, paediatrics and neurology, before obtaining psychiatric training at the Maudsley Hospital, London. After winning a Nuffield Travelling Fellowship to study child development at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine (NY) he joined the MRC Child Psychiatry Unit on his return. He was appointed senior lecturer at the Institute of Psychiatry, London in 1966, then reader and then Professor of Child Psychiatry in 1973. He established the MRC Child Psychiatry Research Unit in 1984 and the MRC Social, Genetic and Developmental Psychiatry Research Centre in 1994. Since 1998 he has been Professor of Developmental Psychopathology at the Institute of Psychiatry

"Michael is a Fellow of the Royal Society of London and an honorary Fellow of the British Academy. He is Founder Fellow of the Academia Europaea and the Academy of Medical Sciences (of which he is currently clinical vice-president). He was Deputy Chairman of the Wellcome Trust 1999-2004, and is currently a trustee of the Nuffield Foundation. He holds numerous international awards and honours.

"He has been involved in research into autism for more than 40 years, with a particular interest in epidemiology, longitudinal studies, clinical investigation, genetics and the evaluation of educational and clinical services. He was made CBE in 1985 and Knight Baronet in 1992. He is editor of the major Textbook of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, first published in 1974 and now being prepared for its fifth edition."[1]


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  1. Autistica Trustees, organizational web page, accessed December 4, 2013.