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Maurice Emile Joseph Lamy

Born  1895
Died  1975

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French physician and geneticist, born December 12, 1895, Amiens; died August 28, 1975, Bordeaux.

Biography of Maurice Emile Joseph Lamy

Maurice Emile Joseph Lamy was the son of the lawyer Eugène Lamy and his wife née Gaillet. In 1926 he passed an internship in the United States and in 1934 became médecin des hôpitaux de Paris. He became became chef de service in 1943 and received his agrégation in 1946.

Lamy began his medical career at the hospital for sick children in Paris, the Hôpital des Enfants Malades. His interest soon turned to inherited disorders, and as early as in 1943 he gave an account of the applications of genetics to medicine. Collaborating with Weil, Jean de Grouchy and Pierre Maroteaux, he studied congenital haemolytic anaemias, chromosomal aberrations and mucopolysaccharidosis.

Lamy obtained his medical doctorate in Paris in 1925. In 1950 he was appointed the first ever professor of medical genetics, and he subsequently established a research centre which gained an international reputation. When he retired in 1967, he was succeeded by his long-time collaborator Maroteaux. Lamy was organiser and president of the Fourth International Congress of Human Genetics which was held in Paris in 1971.

In 1925 Lamy married Colette Lassalle, with whom he had three children.

Obituary in La nouvelle presse médicale. Paris, 1975, 4: 2894.

We thank Søren Nørby, Copenhagen, Denmark; and Patrick Jucker-Kupper, Switzerland, for information submitted.


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