Dr. Rutter trained in general medicine, neurology, and pediatrics before specializing in psychiatry and becoming the first professor of child psychiatry in the United Kingdom. He established the Medical Research Council’s Child Psychiatry Research Unit and the Social, Genetic, and Developmental Psychiatry Centre at the Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College, London. Dr. Rutter has played a pivotal role in establishing child psychiatry as a medical and biopsychosocial specialty with a strong scientific base. His studies of autism involve a wide range of scientific techniques and disciplines, including molecular and quantitative genetics.
Dr. Rutter served as European editor of the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders from 1974 to 1994. He has written or edited 50 books, published more than 500 scientific papers, and received numerous international awards and honors. He is a member of the US Academy of Sciences Institute of Medicine, and an honorary member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the US National Academy of Education, and the British Academy. He is also a fellow of the Royal Society and founding fellow of the Academia Europaea and the Academy of Medical Sciences. The Michael Rutter Centre for Children and Adolescents at Maudsley Hospital, London, is named for him.