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Professor Tony Holland

Tony was born and raised in Norfolk and after a year on Voluntary Service Overseas in the Seychelles Islands, he returned to study medicine at University College and University College Hospital, London.

After qualifying he spent some years working in general medicine before deciding to specialise in psychiatry. He trained in psychiatry at the Institute of Psychiatry and the Maudsley Hospital in London spending some of that time at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, USA, where he met Bonnie whom he married not long after.

During his psychiatric training he developed an interest in the field of intellectual (learning) disabilities ultimately specialising in this area and obtaining a senior academic post at the Institute of Psychiatry, London.

Tony moved to the University of Cambridge in 1992 and following an award from the Health Foundation was appointed to the Health Foundation Chair in the Department of Psychiatry establishing the Cambridge Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Research Group.

Tony was awarded a CBE in the Queen’s Honours list and was also elected a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences. Now retired and holding an Emeritus position he is still actively involved in research.

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