Adrian Peter Bird
Adrian Peter Bird CBE, FRS is a British geneticist and Buchanan Professor of Genetics at the University of Edinburgh. He received his PhD from the University of Edinburgh in 1970. In 1990, he became Buchanan Professor of Genetics at the University of Edinburgh. He was awarded the Gabor Medal in 1999 "in recognition of his pioneering work in the study of global mechanisms by which transcription of the mammalian genome is regulated and for his exploration into the molecular basis of fundamental biological mechanisms, particularly his development of ways of analysing methylation patterns of eukaryotic DNA using endonucleases and the discovery of and continued research into a new class of DNA sequences found in all vertebrates", made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire in the Queen’s Birthday Honours in 2005., and is a recipient of the Gairdner Foundation International Award in 2011 "For his pioneering discoveries on DNA methylation and its role in gene expression."