Michael Dixon (museum director)

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Sir Michael Dixon (born 16 March 1956) is the Director of the Natural History Museum in London, England.

Early life[edit]

Dixon was born on 16 March 1956.[1] He was educated at Tiffin School, a boys grammar school in Kingston upon Thames.[2] He studied at Imperial College London, graduating Bachelor of Science (BSc) and was awarded Associateship of the Royal College of Science (ARCS). He undertook postgraduate studies at the University of York, completing his Doctor of Philosophy (DPhil) degree in 1984.[3]


He was Director General of the Zoological Society of London and became Director of the Natural History Museum on 1 June 2004.[4]

The appointment of Dixon at the NHM is noteworthy in its marking a break with tradition in which the Director has been an eminent practising scientist.

Dixon was knighted in the 2014 Birthday Honours for services to museums.[5]

Personal life[edit]

In 1988, Dixon married Richenda Milton-Thompson. Together they had two children; one son and one daughter. They divorced in 1999. In 2001, he married for a second time to Deborah Mary Reece (née McMahon). Together they have one son.[3]


  1. ^ "Weekend Birthdays", The Guardian, 16 March 2014: 51 
  2. ^ "TIFFNEWS No. 226", 22 December 2005.
  3. ^ a b "DIXON, Dr Michael". Who's Who 2014. A & C Black. Retrieved 16 March 2014. 
  4. ^ "New director for the Natural History Museum". Sciencecentres. 
  5. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 60895. p. b2. 14 June 2014.


Cultural offices
Preceded by
Neil Chalmers
Director of the Natural History Museum