The presents a conversation with Professor Sir Michael Rutter, held remotely in the time of COVID but nonetheless wonderfully revealing of who this incredible scholar is and how he thinks. The contributions he has made to our understanding of child development are so vast and varied as to almost defy description. Erudite, articulate, and rigorous in his science, Michael Rutter is also deeply compassionate, caring, and outcome oriented. With training in medicine, neurology, pediatrics, and psychiatry, he held the first child psychiatry appointment in the United Kingdom and set up both the MRC Child Psychiatry Research Unit and the MRC Social, Genetic & Developmental Psychiatry Centre (SGDP). Unfortunately, Sir Michael passed away on October 23, 2021 while this article was in press. We feel fortunate to have had the opportunity to get to know Sir Michael, and to share this interview with you.


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