Adrian Bird


Birthday July 3, 1947

Birth Sign Cancer

Birthplace England

Age 76 years old

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Well known for his research on CpG islands in DNA and on a biochemical process known as DNA methylation, this prominent British geneticist received, among other prestigious honors, the Gabor Medal; the Louis-Jeantet Prize for Medicine; and the GlaxoSmithKline Prize.

Before Fame

After earning an undergraduate degree in biochemistry from the University of Sussex, he received his doctorate from the University of Edinburgh and conducted additional research for Yale University, the University of Zurich, and the United Kingdom Medical Research Council.


He directed and helped establish Edinburgh, Scotland's Wellcome Trust Centre for Cell Biology.

Family Life

He was raised in Wolverhampton and Kidderminster, England. His marriage to geneticist Catherine Abbott produced four children.

Associated With

He is a contemporary of fellow British geneticist Alec Jeffreys.