Michael Goldacre

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Michael John Goldacre (born 3 January 1944 in Melbourne, Australia) is a medical doctor and academic. He has been Professor of Public Health at the University of Oxford since 2002, and a fellow of Magdalen College since 1985.[1] He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and a Fellow of the Faculty of Public Health.[1]

Early life[edit]

Goldacre was born on 3 January 1944 in Melbourne, Australia.[1] His great-grandfather was journalist and politician Sir Henry Parkes, father of the Australian Federation.[citation needed] He was educated at Bec School, a grammar school in London, England. He studied medicine at Magdalen College, Oxford, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree, and at University College Hospital, London, graduating with Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (BM BCh) degrees.[1]


Goldacre has been at the University of Oxford since 1974, when he was appointed clinical lecturer in social and community medicine.[1] Since 1986, he has been the Director of the Unit of Health-Care Epidemiology. He was also scientific director of the South East England Public Health Observatory from 2000 until 2005.[1]

Personal life[edit]

His wife Susan (née Traynor), is 70's Pop singer Noosha Fox. His son is the science writer Ben Goldacre.[2]


  1. ^ a b c d e f "Prof Michael Goldacre". Debrett's People of Today. Retrieved 25 August 2011. 
  2. ^ Ian Fairlie (2009). "Book Reviews: Bad Science, by Ben Goldacre". Medicine, Conflict and Survival. 25 (3): 255–257. doi:10.1080/13623690902943552. 

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