Andrew Wyllie

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Andrew H. Wyllie FMedSci is a Scottish pathologist. In 1972, while working with electron microscopes at the University of Aberdeen he realised the significance of natural cell death.[1][2] He and his colleagues John Kerr and Alastair Currie called this process apoptosis, from the use of this word in an ancient Greek poem to mean "falling off" (like leaves falling from a tree).[1][2] He completed postdoctoral training in Cambridge and became Professor of Experimental Pathology at the University of Edinburgh Medical School in 1992. He left Edinburgh for Cambridge in 1998 His works have contributed to the understanding of apoptosis in health and in disease, and he continues to lecture to undergraduate medical and natural sciences students in Cambridge[citation needed] today.[when?]

After retirement, Wyllie was succeeded in his role as Head of the Department of Pathology at Cambridge by Geoffrey L. Smith in October 2011.[3]

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  1. ^ a b Agency for Science, Technology and Research. "Prof Andrew H. Wyllie - Lecture abstract". Archived from the original on November 13, 2007. Retrieved 2007-03-30. 
  2. ^ a b Kerr, John F. R.; Wyllie, Andrew; Currie, Alastair (August 1972). "Apoptosis: A Basic Biological Phenomenon with Wide-ranging Implications in Tissue Kinetics". British Journal of Cancer. 26 (4): 239–257. doi:10.1038/bjc.1972.33. ISSN 0007-0920. PMC 2008650Freely accessible. PMID 4561027. 
  3. ^ Cambridge Fund for the Prevention of Disease; Department of Pathology (21 February 2012). Graves, Nicola, ed. "Welcome Professor Geoffrey L Smith, FRS" (PDF). Pathology News. No. 3. University of Cambridge. p. 3. Archived from the original (PDF) on 20 May 2012. Retrieved 21 June 2012. 
  4. ^ a b c d e Agency for Science, Technology and Research. "Biographical notes - Prof A H Wyllie". Retrieved 2007-03-30. [dead link]
  5. ^ "Gairdner celebration winds up". University of Toronto. 1999-10-25. Archived from the original on 1 November 2007. Retrieved 4 November 2007. 

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