Alan Emery

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Alan Emery

Alan Eglin Heathcote Emery

1928 (age 89–90)
NationalityUnited Kingdom
OccupationMedical geneticist

Alan Eglin Heathcote Emery FRCP, FRCPE, , FLS, FRSA, FRSE (born 1928) is a British medical geneticist, known for his study of muscular dystrophy.

Emery began his working life in the King's Hussars[1], and graduated in biological sciences from University of Manchester.[1] In 1960 he obtained his medical degree there.[1][2]

His PhD in human genetics was earned at Johns Hopkins University.[1][2]

In 1968 he became a foundation professor of human genetics at the University of Edinburgh.[1]

Having established the European Neuromuscular Centre, he was its chief scientific advisor from 1999.[1]

He was the first president of the Royal Society of Medicine’s Section of Medical Genetics, which he established, from 2001 to 2004.[1]

He was a research fellow and subsequently an honorary fellow of Green Templeton College from 1985.[1]

He was elected a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians (FRCP), Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh (FRCPE), a Fellow of the American College of Medical Genetics (FACMG), a Fellow of the Linnean Society (FLS), a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA) and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh (FRSE).[1]

Both Emery–Dreifuss muscular dystrophy and its defective protein product, emerin, are named after him (the former jointly with Fritz E. Dreifuss)).[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Peter Harper; Lois Reynolds; Tilli Tansey, eds. (2010), Clinical Genetics in Britain: Origins and development, Wellcome Witnesses to Contemporary Medicine, History of Modern Biomedicine Research Group, ISBN 978-0-85484-127-1Wikidata Q29581774
  2. ^ a b "Alan Emery". University of Oxford. Retrieved 5 July 2017.

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