Sir Michael Marmot

World-renowned researcher who demonstrated the relationship of social determinants to health and mortality

Sir Michael Marmot PhD ’75, MPH ’72 is an internationally acclaimed epidemiologist and professor of epidemiology at University College London. He has led research groups on health inequalities for the past 40 years. He set up and led a number of longitudinal cohort studies on the social gradient in health in the UCL Department of Epidemiology & Public Health (where he was head of department for 25 years): the Whitehall II Studies of British Civil Servants, investigating explanations for the striking inverse social gradient in morbidity and mortality; the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing; and several international research efforts on the social determinants of health. He chairs the Commission on Equity and Health Inequalities in the Americas and was previously chair of the Commission on Social Determinants of Health. In 2000 he was knighted by Her Majesty The Queen for services to epidemiology and understanding health inequalities.

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