Interview with Professor Richard Green, conducted by Professor Tilli Tansey, for the History of Modern Biomedicine Research Group, 17 December 2015, in the School of History, Queen Mary University of London. Transcribed by Mrs Debra Gee, and edited by Professor Tilli Tansey and Dr Apostolos Zarros. The project management and the technical support (filming and production) were undertaken by Mr Adam Wilkinson and Mr Alan Yabsley, respectively.
Professor Richard Green PhD DSc (b. 1944) completed his PhD (1969) with Gerald Curzon and following two years at the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), Washington, DC, with Erminio Costa, he joined David Grahame-Smith at the Medical Research Council (MRC) Clinical Pharmacology Unit in Oxford becoming Assistant Unit Director in 1981. In 1986 he was appointed Director of the new Astra Neuroscience Research Unit in London. In 1996 he was appointed Director, Global Discovery CNS & Pain Control, for Astra. After retiring from AstraZeneca in 2007, he has continued psychopharmacology research in Nottingham, and is currently Honorary Professor of Neuropharmacology at Nottingham University. He was awarded the DSc by London University in 1988 and in 2010 was given the Lifetime Achievement Award by the British Association for Psychopharmacology. He is a President Emeritus of the British Pharmacological Society and a former President of the Serotonin Club.
The History of Modern Biomedicine Research Group is funded by the Wellcome Trust, which is a registered charity (no. 210183). The current interview has been funded by the Wellcome Trust Strategic Award entitled “Makers of modern biomedicine: testimonies and legacy” (2012-2017; awarded to Professor Tilli Tansey).
The interview is part of the History of the Modern Biomedicine Interviews (Digital Collection).
Access to the transcript of this video interview and its related material:
History of Modern Biomedicine Interviews (Digital Collection), items e2016035-e2016044.
Example of how to cite: Tansey E M (intvr); Yabsley A (prod) (2016) Green, Richard: 01 - Becoming a pharmacologist (17-Dec-2015). History of Modern Biomedicine Interviews (Digital Collection), item e2016036. London: Queen Mary University of London.
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Professor Green has contributed to our Wellcome Witness Seminar on Drugs Affecting 5-HT Systems
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