Last updated on: 7/2/2009 | Author:

Richard Sharpe, PhD Biography

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

“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
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Quoted in:
  1. Is There a Connection between Sexual Orientation and the Ratio between Second and Fourth Finger Length?