Andrew Wakefield

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Andrew Wakefield
Andrew Jeremy Wakefield

1957 (age 66–67)
EducationKing Edward's School, Bath
Alma materSt Mary's Hospital Medical School, London
Occupation(s)Former physician, researcher
Known forMMR vaccine controversy

Andrew Jeremy Wakefield (born 1957) is a former British doctor who became an anti-vaccine activist. He was a gastroenterologist until he was fired and removed from the UK medical register for unethical behaviour, misconduct and dishonesty.

In 1998 he was the lead author of a misleading research paper falsely claiming that there was a link between the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine and autism[1][2]

Early life[change | change source]

Wakefield was born on 3 September 1956, to Graham Wakefield, a neurologist, and Bridget d'Estouteville Matthews, a general practitioner, at the Canadian Red Cross Memorial Hospital.[3][4] As a student at the independent King Edward's School, Bath, he was captain of his local Rugby team.[3]

References[change | change source]

  1. "GMC LRMP". Archived from the original on 5 March 2016. Retrieved 31 May 2014.
  2. "" (pdf). Retrieved 31 May 2014.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Deer, Brian (2020). The Doctor Who Fooled the World: Science, Deception, and the War on Vaccines. Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press. pp. 15–17. ISBN 978-1-42143-800-9.
  4. Goddard, A (27 February 2004). "In the news: Andrew Wakefield". Times Higher Education Supplement. TSL Education Ltd. Archived from the original on 26 August 2012. Retrieved 18 February 2010.