Peter Gluckman

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Sir Peter Gluckman
Peter Gluckman speaking in Auckland.jpg
Gluckman in 2012
Born 1949
Citizenship New Zealand
Fields Paediatrics and perinatal biology
Institutions University of Auckland
Alma mater University of Otago, University of Auckland
Known for Director of Liggins Institute, Chief Science Advisor to the New Zealand Prime Minister
Notable awards KNZM FRS FMedSc FRSNZ

Sir Peter David Gluckman, KNZM, FRS, FMedSci, FRSNZ (born 1949) is a New Zealand scientist who is the first Chief Science Advisor to the New Zealand Prime Minister. [1] [2]


Born in Auckland, he attended Auckland Grammar School before studying paediatrics and endocrinology at the University of Otago gaining a MBChB in 1971. This was followed by MMedSc in 1976 and a DSc in 1987 from the University of Auckland.

He is the Professor of Paediatric and Perinatal Biology and was the Director of the National Research Centre for Growth and Development (now called 'Gravida: National Centre for Growth and Development'), hosted by the University of Auckland, until mid 2009. He was formerly Head of the Department of Paediatrics and Dean of the university's Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences as well as the founding Director of the Liggins Institute.

In 2007 he was appointed Programme Director for Growth, Development and Metabolism at the Singapore Institute for Clinical Sciences. He also holds honorary chairs at National University of Singapore and the University of Southampton.

He is the only New Zealander elected to the Institute of Medicine of the United States National Academies of Science and a Fellow of Academy of Medical Sciences of Great Britain.


Gluckman is a Fellow of the Royal Society of London, an honour bestowed on just 37 New Zealand-born scientists since the Society's establishment in 1660. In 2001, Gluckman received New Zealand’s top science award, the Rutherford Medal.

In 2004 Gluckman was named as the New Zealand Herald New Zealander of the Year, also winning the KEA/NZTE World Class New Zealander Award in 2006.

In 2007 he was made a DCNZM (later ressigned to Knight Companion in 2009) for services to medicine, having previously been made a CNZM in 1997.



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