David Skegg

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Professor David Skegg

Sir David Christopher Graham Skegg KNZM OBE FRSNZ (born 16 December 1947) is a New Zealand epidemiologist and university administrator. He is an Emeritus Professor in the Department of Preventive and Social Medicine at the University of Otago. He was the Vice-Chancellor of the University from 2004 to 2011 and President of the Royal Society of New Zealand from 2012 to 2015.[1] His primary research interest is cancer epidemiology.[2][3][4]

Biography[edit]

Skegg was born in Auckland and attended King's College, Auckland. He entered the medical course at the University of Otago, travelling on exchange to Harvard University. He later received a (postgraduate) Rhodes Scholarship to the University of Oxford, joining Balliol College and working with noted epidemiologist Sir Richard Doll.[2][5]

Returning to Otago, Skegg took up the departmental chair in Preventive and Social Medicine in 1980. He was the Vice-Chancellor of the university from 2004 to 2011. He was President of the Royal Society of New Zealand from July 2012[6] to 2015.

Skegg has acted as a consultant to the World Health Organization and to the New Zealand government. He chaired the Health Research Council, the Science Board, and the Public Health Commission.[7] In the 1991 New Year Honours, he was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire, for services to medicine,[8] and in the 2009 New Year Honours, he was appointed a Distinguished Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit, also for services to medicine.[9] Later in 2009, he accepted re-designation as a Knight Companion following the restoration of titular honours by the New Zealand government.[10] He has contributed to the study of cervical, breast and prostate cancer, as well as contraceptives and reproductive health.[11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Professor David Skegg". University of Otago. Retrieved 20 August 2020.
  2. ^ a b "Old Collegian becomes Otago University Chancellor". King's College. 2003. Archived from the original on 22 April 2004. Retrieved 26 August 2010.
  3. ^ Smirk, Susan (2010). "Skegg". Critic Magazine. Archived from the original on 24 July 2011.
  4. ^ Rutherford, Jill (2004). "To Lead" (PDF). Otago Magazine. University of Otago.
  5. ^ "Conference of Executive Heads: Invited Speakers". Association of Commonwealth Universities. Archived from the original on 12 March 2009.
  6. ^ "Royal Society of New Zealand announces new President". Royal Society of New Zealand. 12 March 2012. Archived from the original on 8 February 2013. Retrieved 16 April 2013.
  7. ^ Skegg, David (2019). The health of the people. Wellington, New Zealand: Bridget Williams Books. p. 141. ISBN 9781988545585. OCLC 1089437275.
  8. ^ "No. 52383". The London Gazette (2nd supplement). 31 December 1990. p. 30.
  9. ^ "New Year honours list 2009". Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. 31 December 2008. Retrieved 17 December 2017.
  10. ^ "Special honours list 1 August 2009". Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. 1 August 2008. Retrieved 17 December 2017.
  11. ^ Johnston, Martin (31 December 2008). "Honours List: Cancer researcher lifted lid on healthcare faults". The New Zealand Herald.

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Preceded by
Garth Carnaby
President of the Royal Society of New Zealand
2012–2015
Succeeded by
Richard Bedford