Last updated on: 7/2/2009 | Author: ProCon.org

Richard Sharpe, PhD Biography

Title:
Programme Leader of the Medical Research Council of the Human Reproductive Sciences Unit at the University of Edinburgh
Position:
Con to the question "Is Sexual Orientation Determined at Birth?"
Reasoning:

“No-one has actually measured the levels of androgens in foetuses or the womb – you can imagine it is difficult to do – so this [the Nature article by Williams et al.] is all speculation. It may be informed speculation, but I think when we get on to a subject as touchy as sexual orientation we need to clearly define what is speculation and what is fact.”

Interview with BBC News, Mar. 2000

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Programme Leader, Medical Research Council, Human Reproductive Sciences Unit, University of Edinburgh
  • Since 1975, has written 260 peer-reviewed articles, including several on prenatal androgens (sex hormones), which play a role in determining second and fourth digit length
  • Main research interest is in the role of fetal development in the etiology of adult human male reproductive function
  • Member of The Royal Society Working Group on Endocrine Disruptors
  • Former Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Andrology
  • Adademician of the European Agency of Andrology
Education:
  • None found
Other:
  • None found
Quoted in:
  1. Is There a Connection between Sexual Orientation and the Ratio between Second and Fourth Finger Length?