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Peter Dunn (paediatrician)

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Peter Dunn

Born1929 (age 90–91)
Known forFounding the British Association of Perinatal Medicine
Scientific career
WebsiteBristol Clinical Science People

Peter MacNaughton Dunn, FRCP, FRCOG, FRCPCH (born 1929) is a British paediatrician. Dunn was most notable for introducing into the UK the Gregory box in 1971, that provides Continuous positive airway pressure in the treatment of infant respiratory distress syndrome of the newborn and conducting research into Hip dysplasia and fetal adaptation to extrauterine life. Dunn was also notable for being known for founding the charity association British Association of Perinatal Medicine.[1][2]


Dunn's was educated at Marlborough College[3] before matriculating at St John's College University of Cambridge to study medicine, attaining a degree in 1953 and undertook training in perinatal medicine in Birmingham, San Francisco and Bristol.[4]


He led Bristol University's neonatal service from 1969 to 1988, and was later Emeritus Professor of Perinatal Medicine and Senior Research Fellow there.[4][5]

He was the founder, in 1975, and Inaugural President, from 1980 to 1984, of the British Association of Perinatal Medicine,[4] and was a consultant to the World Health Organization from 1970 to 1990.[4]

Research into congenital hip dislocation, led to him being awarded the British Orthopaedic Association's Gold Medal, and for work on fetal adaptation to extrauterine life he received the De Snoo-van’t Hoogerhuigs Medal and Prize.[4] He was the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health's James Spence Medalist for 2001.[4]


  1. ^ Dunn, Peter M. (2 March 1976). "Founding the British Association of Perinatal Medicine in Bristol in 1976" (PDF). West of England Medical Journal. Article 2: British Medico-Churirgical Society. 116 (1). Retrieved 11 November 2018.CS1 maint: location (link)
  2. ^ Dunn, P M (1 March 2003). "The British Association of Perinatal Medicine: the first 25 years (1976-2000)". Archives of Disease in Childhood. 88 (3): 181–184. doi:10.1136/adc.88.3.181. PMC 1719478.
  3. ^ "Emeritus Professor Peter M Dunn, 2002-2004". British Society for the History of Paediatrics and Child Health. Past Presidents. Retrieved 22 February 2019.
  4. ^ a b c d e f Daphne Christie; Tilli Tansey, eds. (2001), Maternal Care, Wellcome Witnesses to Contemporary Medicine, History of Modern Biomedicine Research Group, ISBN 978-0-85484-079-3Wikidata Q29581655
  5. ^ Bristol, University of. "Professor Peter Dunn - School of Clinical Sciences". Retrieved 13 June 2017.
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