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2005 Honorary Degree

Dr. Munro Peacock
Doctor Of Science

Dr. Munro Peacock

Dr. Munro Peacock has distinguished himself as a world-renowned scientist who has played a central role in developing clinical research at Purdue University.

Dr. Peacock is currently director of the General Clinical Research Center at Indiana University School of Medicine. He is internationally known for his work in calcium metabolism and genetic and biochemical determinants of bone mineral density. He is considered a consummate enabler of research.

Born and raised in Darvel, Scotland, Dr. Peacock was educated at Glasgow University, earning a bachelor of medicine degree and a bachelor of surgery degree in 1960, and at the Royal College of Physicians in London, where he earned status as a member of RCP in 1968 and a fellow of RCP in 1978. He did his residency at St. Mary's Hospital in London and MRC Rheumatism Unit in Taplow, England, between 1960 and 1965. He also held various positions on the clinical scientific staff at Leeds University in England and Harvard University between 1965 and 1986.

During those 20 years, Dr. Peacock was directly involved and played a part in the classification of the hypercalciurias that is now in regular use in clinical practice throughout the Western world.

Dr. Peacock moved to Indianapolis in 1986 to become a professor at the Indiana University School of Medicine. He is a medical scientist who has combined a high standard of clinical skill in internal medicine with an equally high standard of scientific skill at both the theoretical and practical levels.

Since moving to the United States, Dr. Peacock has widened the scope of his scientific studies. He has increasingly shown interest in childhood growth and development and has made significant contributions to the field.

Dr. Peacock is an internationally recognized scientist who has made substantial contribution to our understanding of bone metabolism and bone health. Further, he has provided great leadership in building collaborative programs between Purdue and the IU School of Medicine.