Interview with Peter Elwood, conducted by Dr Andy Ness, for the History of Twentieth Century Medicine Research Group, UCL, 14 April 2000 and 28 February 2001. Transcribed by Mrs Jaqui Carter, and edited by Professor Tilli Tansey and Dr Hugh Thomas.
Professor Peter Elwood FRCP OBE (b. 1930) was a member of the scientific staff of the Epidemiological Research Unit (South Wales) from 1963 and its Director from 1974 until its closure in 1995. He qualified in medicine at Queen’s University, Belfast, in 1954 and worked with John Pemberton from 1958 to 1963. He was to retire in 1995 but has ignored the advice and still works almost full time, supported by Janie Hughes and Janet Pickering, a statistician in the unit from 1977 to 1982. He holds Honorary Professorships in the Department of Epidemiology, Statistics and Public Health Medicine in the University of Wales College of Medicine and the Department of Social Medicine in the University of Bristol, and is a Visiting Professor in the Department of Science at the University of Ulster.
The History of Modern Biomedicine Research Group is funded by the Wellcome Trust, which is a registered charity (no. 210183). The interview was funded by a Wellcome Trust grant (059533; 1999-2001; awarded to Professor George Davey-Smith, Dr A R Ness and Dr E M Tansey), and its publication by a Wellcome Trust Strategic Award entitled “Makers of modern biomedicine: testimonies and legacy” (2012-2017; awarded to Professor Tilli Tansey).
Citation: Ness A R (intvr); Tansey E M, Thomas H (eds) (2017) Elwood, Peter: transcript of an audio interview (14-Apr- 2000; 28-Feb-2001). History of Modern Biomedicine Interviews (Digital Collection), item e2017045. London: Queen Mary University of London.
Note: Audio interviews are conducted following standard oral history methodology, and received ethical approval from UCL (2000) and QMUL (reference QMREC 0642). Related material has been deposited in the Wellcome Library.
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