Peter Gluckman

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Sir Peter Gluckman
Peter Gluckman speaking in Auckland.jpg
Gluckman in 2012
Born 1949 (age 67–68)
Citizenship New Zealand
Alma mater University of Otago
University of Auckland
Known for Director of Liggins Institute
former Director of Gravida
Chief Science Advisor to the New Zealand Prime Minister
Awards KNZM
Scientific career
Fields Paediatrics and perinatal biology
Institutions University of Auckland

Sir Peter David Gluckman, ONZ, KNZM, FRS, FMedSci, FRSNZ (born 1949) is a New Zealand paediatrician. He is currently the inaugural 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.[3] 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.

In 2009 he was appointed the first Chief Science Advisor to the Prime Minister of New Zealand, and in 2014, co-chair of the World Health Organization Commission on Ending Childhood Obesity (ECHO).[4]

In August 2014, in Auckland, New Zealand, he hosted and chaired the Science Advice to Governments Conference, convened by the International Council for Science (ICSU). It was the first global meeting of high-level science advisors.[5]

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.[citation needed]


Gluckman is a Fellow of the Royal Society of London, an honour bestowed on just 42 New Zealand-born scientists since the Society's establishment in 1660.[6] In 2001, Gluckman received New Zealand’s top science award, the Rutherford Medal.[7]

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.[8] 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.[9]

Gluckman was appointed to the Order of New Zealand, the highest New Zealand honour, in 2015.[10]

Gluckman received the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Award for Science Diplomacy, in 2016.



  1. ^ "Office of the Prime Minister's Science Advisory Committee, New Zealand". Retrieved 2015-06-02. 
  2. ^ "PM appoints Chief Science Advisor". 2009-05-20. Retrieved 2015-06-02. 
  3. ^ "National Centre for Growth and Development, New Zealand". Retrieved 2015-06-02. 
  4. ^ "WHO | Commission on Ending Childhood Obesity". Retrieved 2015-06-02. 
  5. ^ Sato, Yasushi; Koi, Hirokazu; Arimoto, Tateo (2014-09-22). "Building the Foundations for Scientific Advice in the International Context". Science & Diplomacy. 3 (3). 
  6. ^ "Special Issue: The Transit of Venus". Journal of the Royal Society of New Zealand. 42: 121–130. 2012. doi:10.1080/03036758.2012.673496. Retrieved 2015-06-02. 
  7. ^ "Ernest Rutherford - Scientist Supreme". Retrieved 2015-06-02. 
  8. ^ "Herald New Zealander of the Year: Dr Peter Gluckman - National - NZ Herald News". Retrieved 2015-06-02. 
  9. ^ "Peter Gluckman | The Governor-General of New Zealand Te Kawana Tianara o Aotearoa". 2008-04-16. Retrieved 2015-06-02. 
  10. ^ "Queen's Birthday Honours: A nation honours the great and the good". The New Zealand Herald. 1 June 2015. 

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