Sir Peter Harper, CBE (1939 – 2021).
Prof. Giovanni Meola, EURO-DyMA Founding Member and Scientific Advisor writes, “ it is very sad to announce the sudden death of Peter Harper, Professor Emeritus – University of Cardiff, UK. He was well known in the DM community (Clinicians, researchers, patients, caregivers) for his enormous contribution to the field of DM, particularly in recognizing the multi systemic aspects of DM1, clarifying the congenital form of DM1 and participating actively to the discovery of triplet CTG in 1992. He was also well known for a master book “myotonic dystrophy: The facts”.”.
Sir Peter is recognised around the world for his enormous contribution to many genetic conditions. Widely published, active in many committees and organisations on genetics, genomics and ethics, he received a CBE for services to Medical Genetics in 1996 and was Knighted in 2004 for services to medicine.
For those of us with an interest in Myotonic Dystrophy, his importance is unsurpassed. He inspired a generation of researchers and clinicians and paved the way for the guidance and support we now receive and for the groundbreaking research that is taking place around the world.
Our thoughts are with his wife, Elaine, and their family.