Macfarlane, Alison: transcript of an audio interview (23-May-2016)
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Interview with Professor Alison Macfarlane, conducted by Mr Adam Wilkinson and Dr Christopher Derrett, for the History of Modern Biomedicine Research Group, 23 May 2016, in the School of History, Queen Mary University of London. Transcribed by Mrs Debra Gee, and edited by Professor Tilli Tansey. The technical support was undertaken by Mr Alan Yabsley. Professor Alison Macfarlane Dip Stat CStat FFPH (b. 1942) studied mathematics at Oxford (1961-1964), and took a Postgraduate Diploma in Statistics at University College London (1964-1965). She worked as a statistician in agricultural research at Rothamsted Experimental Station (1965-1967); on transportation studies for Hertfordshire County Council (1967-1970); the Planning and Transport Research and Computation Company (1970); at the Centre for Urban Studies, University College London (1970-1971), and as a programmer at the National Environmental Research Council’s Experimental Cartography Unit (1971-1972). She joined the MRC Air Pollution Unit in 1972, and worked on, and developed, the daily mortality study initiated by Robert Waller and A E Martin. She left the Unit in 1975, and since then her work as an epidemiologist and statistician at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (1975-1978), the National Perinatal Epidemiology Unit in Oxford (1978-2001), and City University London, has focused on maternal and child health statistics and evaluation of perinatal care. She has been Professor of Perinatal Health at City University London since 2001, part-time since 2011.