Martin Hume Johnson

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Martin Johnson
File:Professor Martin Johnson FMedSci FRS.jpg
Martin Johnson in 2014, portrait via the Royal Society
Born Martin Hume Johnson
(1944-12-19) December 19, 1944 (age 76)[1]
Institutions University of Cambridge
Alma mater University of Cambridge (MA, PhD)
Thesis An immunochemical analysis of factors affecting fertility (1969)
Notable awards

Martin Hume Johnson (born 1944) FRS FMedSci FSB FRCOG is Emeritus Professor of Reproductive Sciences in the Department of Physiology, Development and Neuroscience (PDN) at the University of Cambridge.[1][2][3]


Johnson was educated at Cheltenham Grammar School for Boys and Christ's College, Cambridge where he was awarded Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in 1969 for immunochemical analysis of factors affecting fertility.[1][4]


Currently, Johnson's research investigates the history of the reproductive and developmental sciences and their historical relationship to the development of human In vitro fertilisation and other clinical technologies, and to their regulation legally and ethically.[3] Johnson collaborates with Kay Elder, at the Bourn Hall Clinic, Sarah Franklin[5] and Nick Hopwood[6] in the Department of History and Philosophy of Science, University of Cambridge.

Johnson has co-authored over 300 papers on reproductive and developmental science, history, ethics, law and medical education.[7][8][9][10][11][12][13][14] Johnson is the co-editor of Essential Reproduction (now in its seventh edition),[15] Sexuality Repositioned: diversity and the law,[16] Death Rites and Rights[17] and Birth Rites and Rights.[18]

Johnson's research has been funded by the Wellcome Trust.[3]

Awards and honours

Johnson was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society (FRS) in 2014. His nomination reads:

Johnson was elected a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences (FMedSci) in 2012. His nomination reads:

Johnson is also a Fellow of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (FRCOG) and a Fellow of the Society of Biology (FSB).


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 JOHNSON, Prof. Martin Hume. Who's Who. 2014 (online Oxford University Press ed.). A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles> (subscription required)
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 "Professor Martin Johnson FMedSci FRS". London: The Royal Society. Archived from the original on 2014-11-26.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 "Professor Martin Hume Johnson MA, PhD (Cantab), FRCOG, FMedSci, FRS". University of Cambridge. 2014. Archived from the original on 2014-12-01.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. Johnson, Martin Hume (1969). An immunochemical analysis of factors affecting fertility (PhD thesis). University of Cambridge.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. Franklin, S.; Johnson, M. H. (2013). "Are assisted reproduction health professionals still letting down their patients?". Reproductive BioMedicine Online. 27 (5): 451–452. doi:10.1016/j.rbmo.2013.09.001.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  6. Johnson, M. H.; Franklin, S. B.; Cottingham, M.; Hopwood, N. (2010). "Why the Medical Research Council refused Robert Edwards and Patrick Steptoe support for research on human conception in 1971". Human Reproduction. 25 (9): 2157–74. doi:10.1093/humrep/deq155. PMID 20657027.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  7. Martin Hume Johnson's publications indexed by the Scopus bibliographic database, a service provided by Elsevier.
  8. List of publications from Microsoft Academic Search
  9. Bush, T.; Puvanachandra, N.; Horner, C.; Polito, A.; Ostenfeld, T.; Svendsen, C.; Mucke, L.; Johnson, M.; Sofroniew, M. (1999). "Leukocyte Infiltration, Neuronal Degeneration, and Neurite Outgrowth after Ablation of Scar-Forming, Reactive Astrocytes in Adult Transgenic Mice". Neuron. 23 (2): 297–308. doi:10.1016/S0896-6273(00)80781-3. PMID 10399936.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  10. Pickering, S. J.; Braude, P. R.; Johnson, M. H.; Cant, A; Currie, J (1990). "Transient cooling to room temperature can cause irreversible disruption of the meiotic spindle in the human oocyte". Fertility and Sterility. 54 (1): 102–8. PMID 2358076.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  11. Bush, T. G.; Savidge, T. C.; Freeman, T. C.; Cox, H. J.; Campbell, E. A.; Mucke, L.; Johnson, M. H.; Sofroniew, M. V. (1998). "Fulminant Jejuno-Ileitis following Ablation of Enteric Glia in Adult Transgenic Mice". Cell. 93 (2): 189–201. doi:10.1016/S0092-8674(00)81571-8.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  12. Johnson, M. H.; Nasr-Esfahani, M. H. (1994). "Radical solutions and cultural problems: Could free oxygen radicals be responsible for the impaired development of preimplantation mammalian embryos in vitro?". BioEssays. 16 (1): 31–8. doi:10.1002/bies.950160105. PMID 8141805.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  13. Flach, G; Johnson, M. H.; Braude, P. R.; Taylor, R. A.; Bolton, V. N. (1982). "The transition from maternal to embryonic control in the 2-cell mouse embryo". The EMBO Journal. 1 (6): 681–6. PMC 553268. PMID 7188357.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  14. Nasr-Esfahani, M. H.; Aitken, J. R.; Johnson, M. H. (1990). "Hydrogen peroxide levels in mouse oocytes and early cleavage stage embryos developed in vitro or in vivo". Development (Cambridge, England). 109 (2): 501–7. PMID 2401209.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  15. Johnson, M. H. (2013). Essential reproduction. Chichester, West Sussex Hoboken, NJ: Wiley-Blackwell. ISBN 1444335758.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  16. Gordon, Belinda (2004). Sexuality repositioned : diversity and the law. Oxford Portland, Or: Hart. ISBN 1841134899.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  17. Gordon, Belinda (2007). Death rites and rights. Oxford Portland, Or: Hart. ISBN 1841137324.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  18. Ebtehaj, Fatemeh (2011). Birth rites and rights. Oxford Portland, Or: Hart Pub. ISBN 1849461880.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  19. "Professor Martin Johnson FRS FMedSci". London: Academy of Medical Sciences. Archived from the original on 2014-12-01.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>