Who is Chris Whitty?
Chris Whitty or Professor Christopher John MacRae “Chris” Whitty born on 21 April 1966 is a British physician and epidemiologist who serves as the Chief Medical Officer for England (CMO), Chief Medical Adviser to the UK Government, Chief Scientific Adviser (CSA) to the Department of Health and Social Care, Head of the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) and Gresham Professor of Physic. Chris Whitty was also the Acting Government Chief Scientific Adviser from 2017 to 2018.
Chris Whitty Biography, Wiki
Chris Whitty was born in Gloucester on 21 April 1966, the first of four sons born to Kenneth and Susannah Whitty. His father was a British Council officer, who was posted to various countries including Nigeria, where the family lived in Kaduna, and Malawi. While Deputy Director of the British Council in Athens, Kenneth Whitty was murdered by militants from the Abu Nidal Organisation, a terrorist organisation, in 1984, when Whitty was 17.
His mother was a teacher. His maternal uncle Sir Christopher MacRae was also a diplomat, and his grandmother Grace Summerhayes was a pioneering obstetrician in Africa, who set up the first maternity hospital in Ghana in 1928.
Whitty has been referred to by those familiar with him as a private person. He is single and has no children.
In June 2021 Whitty was the subject of a harassment described by Boris Johnson as “despicable harassment”, by two members of the public in St James’s Park, Westminster who filmed the event. The Metropolitan Police confirmed they were investigating the incident. Earlier in the month Whitty was followed down a street by a prominent anti-vaccine activist who shouted at him for being a “liar” and in February he was also called a “liar” multiple times while waiting for a takeaway lunch at a street food stall.
|Born||Christopher John MacRae Whitty|
21 April 1966 (age 55)
Gloucester, Gloucestershire, England
|Alma mater||University of Oxford|
London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine
|Profession||Physician and epidemiologist|
Chris Whitty Accosted Video
Police are investigating video footage which appears to show England’s chief medical officer, Prof Chris Whitty, being accosted by two men in a park.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson said he was “shocked at seeing the despicable harassment” of Prof Whitty. The video shows two men laughing and jeering as they grab hold of Prof Whitty, who struggles to free himself.
The Met Police said it happened in St James’s Park in London on Sunday and all those involved had been spoken to.
The PM tweeted: “I condemn the behaviour of these thugs. Our hard-working public servants should not have to face this kind of intimidation on our streets and we will not tolerate it.”
Chris Whitty Career
Chris Whitty is a practising National Health Service (NHS) consultant physician at University College London Hospitals (UCLH) and the Hospital for Tropical Diseases, and Gresham Professor of Physic at Gresham College, a post dating back to 1597.[ Until becoming CMO he was Professor of Public and International Health at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) where he was also Director of the Malaria Centre.
He worked as a physician and researcher into infectious diseases in the UK, Africa and Asia. In 2008, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation awarded the LSHTM £31 million for malaria research in Africa. At the time, Whitty was the principal investigator for the ACT Consortium, which conducted the research programme.
Chris Whitty Early life and education
Chris Whitty was born in Gloucester on 21 April 1966 to Kenneth and Susannah Whitty. He spent his early years in northern Nigeria. His father was Director of the British Council in Athens but was murdered by Palestinian terrorists in 1984 when Whitty was in his teens.
Whitty was sent back to the UK for his schooling and was educated at Windlesham House School and Malvern College. Following this, he was educated at Pembroke College, University of Oxford (BA, 1988), Wolfson College, Oxford (BM BCh, 1991), the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (DTM&H, 1996; MSc, 1996), Northumbria University (LLM, 2005) and Heriot-Watt University (MBA, 2010).
Awards and Honours
Chris Whitty was appointed a Companion of the Order of the Bath (CB) in the 2015 New Year Honours. He is a fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences.
Public lectures outlining his views on tackling current challenges in medicine and public health include over 20 Gresham lectures including on infectious diseases, public health, cancer, cardiovascular diseases and the 2017 Harveian Oration and the Milroy Lecture at the Royal College of Physicians.
Facts About Chris Whitty
- Boris Johnson announced that he has tested positive for coronavirus as the outbreak spreads across the UK
- Health Secretary Matt Hancock also tested positive while Chief Medical Officer Chris Whitty has symptoms
- Despite positive tests at the heart of the government, Downing Street said senior ministers will not be tested
- PM self-isolating but he will still lead UK’s response to the crisis thanks to ‘wizardry of modern technology’
- Mr Johnson took part in applause for NHS staff from Downing Street last night and was in Commons for PMQ
- Bombshell news has raised fears that other politicians and senior officials will have been infected as well
- Mr Johnson’s partner Carrie Symonds pregnant and thought to have been following guidance on self-isolation
- Comes as UK death toll jumped by a third to 759 after officials announced 181 more victims of the killer bug