Roy Anderson (zoologist)

Roy Anderson (zoologist)

Sir Roy Malcolm Anderson FRS is a leading British expert on epidemiology. He has mathematically modelled the spread of diseases such as new variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease and AIDS. Roy Anderson was born in 1947. He gained a BSc degree in zoology at Imperial College and a PhD degree in parasitology in 1971.

The majority of Roy Anderson's early career was at Imperial College, becoming a full professor by 1984. Sir Roy has also served as Director of the Wellcome Centre for Parasite Infections from 1989 to 1993 (at Imperial) and as Director of the Wellcome Centre for the Epidemiology of Infectious Disease from 1993 to 2000 (at Oxford). He 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.

In 1993 he became head of the Zoology department and Linacre Chair of Zoology at the University of Oxford.

He was a Trustee then a Governor of the Wellcome Trust for ca.10 years until he resigned in May 2000. [ Wellcome Trust Annual Review 2000]

Roy Anderson was in charge of the UK Government's Foot and Mouth control policy in 2001, a policy that culminated in the destruction of around six million UK cattle.

He was Chief Scientific Adviser 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. [ [ Prof. Anderson's Biography at Imperial College] , as of 02 July 2008.]

Professor Anderson was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1986, and an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Statistical Society in 2004. He was knighted in the 2006 Queen's Birthday Honours list.

Professor Anderson succeeded Sir Richard Sykes as the 14th Rector of Imperial College on July 1, 2008.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 advisory board, and chairs the Schistosomiasis Control Initiative advisory board (SCI) funded by the Gates Foundation. He is a non-executive director of GlaxoSmithKline


External links

* [ Freeview Video 'The Epidemic of Mad Cow Disease (BSE) in the UK, Roy Anderson - a Royal Insitution Discourse by the Vega Science Trust.]
* [ EPSRC biography]
* [ Telegraph - Honours for those who 'work and serve at the sharp end']

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