Roy M. Anderson

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Sir Roy Anderson

Roy Malcolm Anderson

(1947-04-12) 12 April 1947 (age 72)[1]
Alma materImperial College London
AwardsWeldon Memorial Prize (1989)
Croonian Lecture[when?]
Scientific career
InstitutionsUniversity of Oxford
Imperial College London
Ministry of Defence[3]
ThesisA quantitative ecological study of the helminth parasites of the bream Abramis brama' (1971)
Doctoral advisorGeorge Murdie[4][5]

Sir Roy Malcolm Anderson FRS FMedSci[6] (born 12 April 1947) is a leading British expert on epidemiology. He has mathematically modelled the spread of diseases such as new variant Creutzfeldt–Jakob disease and AIDS. From October 2004 to September 2007 Anderson was the Ministry of Defence's, Chief Scientific Advisor in the UK. He also currently chairs the science advisory board of WHO's Neglected Tropical Diseases programme, is a member of the Bill and Melinda Gates Grand Challenges In Global Health advisory board, and chairs the Schistosomiasis Control Initiative (SCI) advisory board funded by the Gates Foundation. He is a non-executive director of GlaxoSmithKline.

Education and early life[edit]

Anderson was born the son of James Anderson and Betty Watson-Weatherborn.[2] He attended Duncombe School, Bengeo and Richard Hale School. He was awarded a Bachelor of Science degree in zoology at Imperial College London followed by a PhD in parasitology in 1971 with thesis titled A quantitative ecological study of the helminth parasites of the bream Abramis brama (L).[7][8] Most of Anderson's early career was at Imperial College, becoming Professor of Parasite Ecology in 1982. He was head of the Department of Biology from 1984 to 1993.[2] At Imperial College, he served as Director of the Wellcome Centre for Parasite Infections from 1989 to 1993.

Career and research[edit]

In 1993 Anderson moved to the University of Oxford where he was head of the Zoology department and held the Linacre Chair of Zoology at Merton College until 2000. During this time he served as Director, Wellcome Centre for the Epidemiology of Infectious Disease.

Anderson is the author of over 450 scientific articles and has sat on numerous government and international agency committees advising on public health and disease control including the World Health Organisation and UNAIDS. From 1991–2000, he was a Governor of the Wellcome Trust.

Foot and mouth[edit]

Anderson was one of the most prominent scientists who advised the UK Government on the handling of the Foot and Mouth control policy in 2001.

Chief Scientific Advisor[edit]

He was Chief Scientific Advisor to the UK Ministry of Defence from October 2004 to September 2007. After that, he returned to his Chair in Infectious Disease Epidemiology at the Department of Infectious Disease Epidemiology at Imperial College London.[9]

Rector of Imperial College[edit]

Anderson succeeded Richard Sykes as the 14th Rector of Imperial College on 1 July 2008. In this role he expressed a desire to raise tuition fees[10] and privatise top UK universities within 10–20 years.[11][12][13] He tendered his resignation in November 2009 stating "I have decided to step down as rector as I want to return to my primary concern, which is my deep and abiding research interest into global health."[14]

Selected publications[edit]

Honours and awards[edit]

Anderson was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society (FRS) in 1986,[6] and an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Statistical Society in 2004. He was knighted in the 2006 Queen's Birthday Honours list.

Personal life[edit]

In 1975, he married Mary Joan Mitchell, whom he later divorced in 1989. In 1990, he married Claire Baron. He enjoys hill walking, croquet, natural history and photography.[2]


  1. ^ Curriculum Vitae (PDF). Imperial College London. Retrieved 20 March 2009.
  2. ^ a b c d Sleeman, Elizabeth (2003). The International Who's Who 2004. Routledge. ISBN 978-1-85743-217-6.
  3. ^ "ANDERSON, Prof. Sir Roy (Malcolm)". Who's Who 2013, A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc. November 2012. Retrieved 16 December 2012. (subscription required)
  4. ^ "George Murdie Obituary" (PDF). Imperial College London Reporter (197). 31 October 2008. Retrieved 17 December 2012.
  5. ^ Roy M. Anderson at the Mathematics Genealogy Project
  6. ^ a b Anon (1986). "Sir Roy Anderson FMedSci FRS". London: Royal Society. Archived from the original on 17 November 2015. One or more of the preceding sentences incorporates text from the website where:

    “All text published under the heading 'Biography' on Fellow profile pages is available under Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.” --"Royal Society Terms, conditions and policies". Archived from the original on 25 September 2015. Retrieved 9 March 2016.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)

  7. ^ Anderson, Roy Malcolm (1971). A quantitative ecological study of the helminth parasites of the bream (Abramis brama (L.)) (PhD thesis). University of London.
  8. ^ Anderson, Roy M. (1974). "Population Dynamics of the Cestode Caryophyllaeus laticeps (Pallas, 1781) in the Bream (Abramis brama L.)". Journal of Animal Ecology. 43 (2): 305–321. doi:10.2307/3367. JSTOR 3367.
  9. ^ Prof. Anderson's Biography at Imperial College, as of 2 July 2008.
  10. ^ Patterson, Kirsty; Shubber, Kadhim (12 March 2009). "Rector Endorses Tuition Fee Rise". Imperial College Live!. Retrieved 2 June 2009.
  11. ^ Patterson, Kirsty (1 June 2009). "Rector on Privatisation of Higher Education". Imperial College Live!. Retrieved 2 June 2009.
  12. ^ Paton, Graeme (1 June 2009). "Top universities 'should sever ties with Government'". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 2 June 2009.
  13. ^ Turner, David (1 June 2009). "Imperial seeks Ivy League status over fees". Financial Times. Retrieved 2 June 2009.
  14. ^ Turner, David (16 November 2009). "Imperial College head to resign". Financial Times. Retrieved 16 November 2009.

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Academic offices
Preceded by
Richard Sykes
Rector of Imperial College London
Succeeded by
Keith O'Nions