Tribute to founder President Sir Peter Lachmann

The Academy of Medical Sciences pays tribute to Sir Peter Lachmann FRS FMedSci, our founding President, following his peaceful death on 26 December 2020 at the age of 89.

“We owe him a considerable debt and I miss a friend.”

Sir Peter paid a critical role in the foundation of this Academy in 1998, and served as its founding President between 1998 and 2002. An inspired leader and a kind man, we here offer tributes from some of the Academy Fellows who knew and worked alongside him throughout his distinguished career, in celebration of his life and his legacy for his family, friends, and the wider medical research community.

If you would like to include your personal memories and reflections of Peter here, please reach out to us through our Executive Director, Simon ( and we would be delighted to include them. You can also read more about the beginnings of the Academy and Sir Peter's career in his personal hisory of the Academy's formation, 'First Steps', (published 2010) and in our Past Presidents section.