Peter Beighton

Peter Beighton

Peter Beighton


Author of over 20 books; 30 chapters and 400 journal publications. To date, fourteen of Professor Beighton’s postgraduate students have been awarded Doctorates; nine of these persons have gained Full or Associate Professorial status. 

  • Born June 28, 1934 in Bolton England
  • 1957 – Graduated medicine St Mary’s Hospital Medical School, University of London; MB BS, MRCS, LRCP
  • 1957-1960  Medical internships in London, UK
  • 1960-1962  Captain in the R.A.M.C., Parachute Regiment, UK, United Nations, Congo  
  • 1963-1965  WHO International Medical Expedition to Easter Island, South Pacific 
  • 1965-1968  Residency in Internal Medicine, St. Thomas’s Hospital, London 
  • 1967 – Fulbright Research Fellowship, University of Maryland
  • 1968-1969  Research Fellow in Medical Genetics, Johns Hopkins Hospital 
  • 1970 – Married Greta Janet Winch
  • 1972 – 1979  First Professor of Human Genetics, University of Cape Town 
  • 1979 – Oppenheimer Fellowship, University of Cambridge
  • 1982 – 1998  Director of the MRC Unit for Medical Genetics, University of Cape Town 
  • 1994 – Fellowship of the University of Cape Town 
  • 2002 – Order of Mapungubwe, bronze; awarded for outstanding achievements in medical genetics.
  • 2007 – Professor Extraordinarius, Faculty of Dentistry, University of the Western Cape 
  • 2011 – Senior Scholar, University of Cape Town 
  • Awards: British Orthopaedic Association, Robert Jones Gold Medal (1975); Smith and Nephew Literary Award (1977, 1979, 1986); South Africa Orthopaedic Association, President’s Medallion (1978); South African Medical Research Council, Silver Medal (1997); Ehlers-Danlos Foundation, USA International research award (1999)

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Graduated from Cardiff Medical School in 2017 with MBBCh and BSc in Psychology and Medicine. Currently working as a doctor in the emergency department at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital in Perth, Australia.

Graduated from Southampton Medical School in 2017 with BMBS. Working in Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital Emergency Department in Perth, Australia.

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