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Alan Eglin Heathcote Emery

Born  1928

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English human geneticist, born 1928.

Biography of Alan Eglin Heathcote Emery

Alan Eglin Heathcote Emery is the son of Harold Heathcote Emery. He graduated in botany and zoology from the University of Manchester, England, in 1952, with first class honours. He then spent years in research and teaching before obtaining a medical qualification in 1960, also from the University of Manchester. He subsequently obtained a PhD degree in human genetics at the Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore. He later became a consultant in medical genetics in Manchester, where he received his medical doctorate in 1966. In 1968 he became professor and chairman of the department of human genetics of the University of Edinburgh.

Emery became Emeritus Professor of Human Genetics at the University of Edinburgh in 1983 and has later been affiliated with the Division of Neurology, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, North Carolina. By 2000 he was Chief Scientific Advisor, European Neuromuscular Centre.

Emery’s research has centred on neuromuscular disease, He has published more than 200 scientific papers and he is the author of several books.

Emery has received many honours, including the National Foundation March of Dimes International Award for Research. In 1996 he received the honorary degree of Doctor of Medicine from the University of Würzburg in Germany. From 1980 to 1983 he was president of the British Clinical Genetics Society.

He is a member of the Scottish Arts Club and his interests include marine biology, writing poetry and painting on oils.

We thank Alan Emery for information submitted.


  • Elements of Medical Genetics.
    Edinburgh, Churchill and Livingston, 1968.
    9th edition by Robert F. Mueller, & Ian D. Young. 1995.
    10th edition by R. Mellow and I. Young, Edinburgh, 1998.
  • Antenatal Diagnosis of Genetic Disease. 1973.
  • Methodology in Medical Genetics.
    Methodology in Medical Genetics. 1976 (2nd ed. 1986).
  • A report on genetic registers.
    By a Working Party of the Clinical Genetics Society 1978.
  • Registers for the Detection and Prevention of Genetic Disease; Principles and Practice of Medical Genetics.
    1983 (2nd ed. 1989).
  • Génétique médicale.
    Traduit de l'anglais par Catherine Fortin. Paris : Masson, 1986.
  • Population frequencies of inherited neuromuscular diseases – a world survey.
    Neuromuscular Disorders, 1991, 1: 19–29.
  • Muscular Dystrophy : The Facts. July 1994. 2000.
    Informative and compassionate guide for sufferers and their families. Addresses both the physical and psychological challenges faced. Provides new advice on genetic counselling. Accessibly written, with no medical jargon. A truly authoritative book, written by someone with over 40 years experience of treating patients with MD.
  • Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy.
    Oxford Monographs on Medical Genetics, volume 24. 1994.
  • Neuromuscular Disorders: Clinical and Molecular Genetics.
    Edited by Alan E. H. Emery. 1998.
  • Antenatal diagnosis of genetic disease.
  • Methodology in Medical Genetics: An Introduction to Statistical Methods.
  • Principles and Practice of Medical Genetics.
  • Psychological Aspects of Genetic Counselling.
    Edited by Alan E. H. Emery.
  • Neuromuscular disorders: clinical and molecular genetics.
    Edited by Alan E. H. Emery. - Wiley, 1998. 563 pages.
  • Alan H. Emery, R. Morton:
    Genetic counselling in lethal X-linked disorders.
    Acta genetica et statistica medical, Basel, 1968, 18: 534–542.
  • Alan H. Emery, Sue Malcolm:
    An Introduction to Recombinant DNA in Medicine.
    1984. 2nd Edition, European Neuromuscular Centre, Baarn, The Netherlands John Wiley & Sons. 1995.
  • Alan E. H. Emery, Robert F. Mueller:
    Elements of Medical Genetics/Student Notes.
    7th edition (March 1988)
  • Alan E.H. Emery, David L. Rimoin:
    Principles and Practice of Medical Genetics.
    2nd edition. 2 volumes. Churchill Livingstone, Edinburgh 1990.
  • Alan E. H. Emery and Marcia L. H. Emery:
    The history of a genetic disease: Duchenne muscular dystrophy or Meryon's disease.
    London: Royal Society of Medicine Press, 1995. 248 pages.
  • Alan E. H. Emery, L. H. Emery Marcia:
    Medicine and Art. London: Royal Society of Medicine Press, 2003.

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