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Michael Dexter
T. Michael Dexter FRS. Acrylic painting by Alex Dexter, Wellcome L0034443.jpg
Mike Dexter. Acrylic painting by Alex Dexter, 2003.
Born
Thomas Michael Dexter

(1945-05-15) 15 May 1945 (age 73)
Alma mater University of Salford (BSc)
University of Manchester (PhD) [1]
Known forDirector of Wellcome Trust
Cancer research
Awards Fellow of the Royal Society (1991) [1]
Scientific career
Fields Haematology
Institutions Wellcome Trust
University of Manchester
Paterson Institute for Cancer Research
Thesis Leukaemogenesis by the alkylating agent methylnitrosourea  (1974)

(Thomas) Michael Dexter FRS (born 15 May 1945) [1] is a British haematologist and director of the Wellcome Trust, from 1998 to 2003. [2] [3] [4]

Fellow of the Royal Society Elected Fellow of the Royal Society, including Honorary, Foreign and Royal Fellows

Fellowship of the Royal Society is an award granted to individuals that the Royal Society of London judges to have made a 'substantial contribution to the improvement of natural knowledge, including mathematics, engineering science and medical science'.

Wellcome Trust Healthcare charity

The Wellcome Trust is a biomedical research charity based in London, United Kingdom. It was established in 1936 with legacies from the pharmaceutical magnate Sir Henry Wellcome to fund research to improve human and animal health. The aim of the Trust is to "achieve extraordinary improvements in health by supporting the brightest minds", and in addition to funding biomedical research it supports the public understanding of science. It has an endowment of £25.9 billion (2018) making it the third wealthiest charitable foundation in the world, after the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the INGKA Foundation.

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Education

Dexter was inspired to take A levels at night school [5] and went on study physiology and zoology at the University of Salford. After graduating, he continued in academia and received a PhD from the University of Manchester in 1974 for research into Leukemia. [6] Dexter also received a Doctor of Science degree from the University of Salford in 1982. [1]

GCE Advanced Level subject-based qualification conferred as part of the General Certificate of Education

The A Level is a subject-based qualification conferred as part of the General Certificate of Education, as well as a school leaving qualification offered by the educational bodies in the United Kingdom and the educational authorities of British Crown dependencies to students completing secondary or pre-university education. A number of countries, including Singapore, Kenya, Mauritius and Zimbabwe have developed qualifications with the same name as and a similar format to the British A Levels. Obtaining an A Level, or equivalent qualifications, is generally required for university entrance, with universities granting offers based on grades achieved.

School institution designed to teach students under the direction of teachers

A school is an educational institution designed to provide learning spaces and learning environments for the teaching of students under the direction of teachers. Most countries have systems of formal education, which is commonly compulsory. In these systems, students progress through a series of schools. The names for these schools vary by country but generally include primary school for young children and secondary school for teenagers who have completed primary education. An institution where higher education is taught, is commonly called a university college or university, but these higher education institutions are usually not compulsory.

Physiology science of the function of living systems

Physiology is the scientific study of the functions and mechanisms which work within a living system.

Career

Dexter was visiting fellow at the Memorial Sloan–Kettering Cancer Center and a professor of haematology at the University of Manchester from 1985 to 1998. [7]

Victoria University of Manchester British university (1851-2004)

The former Victoria University of Manchester, now the University of Manchester, was founded in 1851 as Owens College. In 1880, the college joined the federal Victoria University, gaining an independent university charter in 1904 as the Victoria University of Manchester after the collapse of the federal university.

He was director of the Paterson Institute for Cancer Research [8] and the Wellcome Trust. [9] He has authored over author of 360 articles in scientific journals including Nature [10] [11] [12] and is an editor of four books. [1] [13]

<i>Nature</i> (journal) scientific journal

Nature is a British multidisciplinary scientific journal, first published on 4 November 1869. It is one of the most recognizable scientific journals in the world, and was ranked the world's most cited scientific journal by the Science Edition of the 2010 Journal Citation Reports and is ascribed an impact factor of 40.137, making it one of the world's top academic journals. It is one of the few remaining academic journals that publishes original research across a wide range of scientific fields.

Awards and honours

Dexter was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society (FRS) in 1991. [1]

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  2. Mertl, M. (2002). "Michael Dexter to Step Down at Wellcome Trust". Science. 296 (5567): 453a–. doi:10.1126/science.296.5567.453a. PMID   11964454.
  3. Williams, Nigel (1998). "Michael Dexter takes over Wellcome Trust's pot of gold". Science. 280 (5372): 2043–2044. doi:10.1126/science.280.5372.2043a. PMID   9669957.
  4. Anon (2002). "Wellcome Trust Director announces his retirement". wellcome.ac.uk. London: Wellcome Trust. Archived from the original on 2010-01-31.
  5. "In the news: Mike Dexter". timeshighereducation.co.uk. 18 April 2002. Retrieved 2016-06-23.
  6. Dexter, Thomas Michael (1974). Leukaemogenesis by the alkylating agent methylnitrosourea (PhD thesis). University of Manchester. Archived from the original on 16 June 2013.
  7. "Emeritus Prof Michael Dexter, FRS Authorised Biography – Debrett's People of Today". debretts.com. Retrieved 2016-06-23.
  8. "About Us, history". University of Manchester.
  9. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-06-21. Retrieved 2011-12-10.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  10. Dexter, T. M.; White, H. (1990). "Growth without inflation". Nature. 344 (6265): 380–381. doi:10.1038/344380a0. PMID   2320106.
  11. Whetton, A. D.; Dexter, T. M. (1983). "Effect of haematopoietic cell growth factor on intracellular ATP levels". Nature. 303 (5918): 629–631. doi:10.1038/303629a0. PMID   6855907.
  12. Dexter, T. M.; Moore, M. A. (1977). "In vitro duplication and "cure" of haemopoietic defects in genetically anaemic mice". Nature. 269 (5627): 412–414. doi:10.1038/269412a0. PMID   561894.
  13. Dexter, T. Michael; Testa, Nydia G.; Lord, Brian I. (1997). Hematopoietic lineages in health and disease. New York: M. Dekker. ISBN   0-8247-9512-1.
Preceded by
Bridget Ogilvie
Director of Wellcome Trust
1998–2008
Succeeded by
Mark Walport