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Robin Mowat Bannerman was born in Alton, Hampshire, United Kingdom. He received a MA from Christ Church, Oxford University in 1949 and a B.M. from the same school in 1952. After completing his medical training at St. Thomas’s Hospital, London, in 1957, Bannerman was awarded a Radcliffe Traveling fellowship to Washington University, St. Louis and worked on biochemical studies of thalassemia. In 1958, he was appointed a Fellow in Medicine at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and as an assistant physician in the Johns Hopkins Hospital’s Moore Clinic. It is here he developed a life-long friendship with Victor McKusick and an interest in medical genetics. Bannerman returned to the United Kingdom in 1959 and was named a lecturer at Oxford University’s Nuffield Department of Medicine, The Radcliffe Infirmary where he taught and conducted research on iron deficiency and studies of intestinal iron absorption. In 1963 he accepted a position as associate professor at the University of Buffalo to establish a division of medical genetics and a medical genetics unit at the Buffalo General Hospital. Bannerman was promoted to professor of medicine and genetics in 1970 and professor of pediatrics in 1976. He was the director of the University of Buffalo’s clinical genetics program at his death. Bannerman published over a hundred articles in professional journals, thesis, books and chapters. He won first prize in the 3rd Modern Medical Monograph competition in 1961, “Thalassemia: A Survey of Some Aspects”. He was a member of the national medical advisory board of Cooley’s Anemia Foundation, 1964-1985, March of Dimes Western New York, the American Society of Human Genetics, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science as well as other professional organizations.

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The Robin M. Bannerman Collection consists of an autobiographical manuscript entitled, “Autobiographical Notes (with special reference to hematology) compiled 1983-1984, in response to a request from Dr. Max Whintrobe”.

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