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Graham Cameron was born in Edinburgh on 22 July 1951.
After initial training in psychology, Cameron spent the majority of his career working with databases. He joined EMBL in 1982 to work on the Nucleotide Sequence Data Library and was subsequently involved of the development of the Data Library into a new EMBL outstation, the European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI).
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From 1969 to 1973, he attended the University of Stirling, graduating with a B.A. (Hons.) in Psychology with additional studies in Computer Science. He then undertook further research (1973-1976) in the psychology of learning, also at the University of Stirling. This project saw Cameron develop a system for the storage and retrieval of data pertaining to the university’s animal laboratory.
From 1976 to 1979, he worked in the Primate Laboratory of the University of Stirling, collecting and analysing behavioural data relating to the social development of monkeys, while also consulting with the Forth Valley Health Board as a programmer.
Between 1979 and 1981, Cameron worked as a programmer for the Data Archive of the Social Science Research Council (SSRC, renamed Economic and Social Research Council – ESRC – in 1983) at University of Essex in Colchester. After this, he returned to the University of Stirling in 1981 to work in the Computer Service.
In 1982, Cameron joined EMBL as a programmer for the Nucleotide Sequence Data Library under Greg Hamm, and progressed to work as Database Administrator (1983-1986) and Manager (1986-1992).
From 1987, Cameron worked with EMBL Council on the expansion of the EMBL Data Library into a new outstation. This plan was approved by EMBL Council in 1992, and the following year, EMBL Council accepted the British proposal to host the new outstation at the Wellcome Trust’s Genome Campus in Hinxton, near Cambridge.
In 1993, Cameron moved to Cambridge to prepare and oversee the transfer of the Data Library’s services to the new location, which took place in August 1994.
In the new outstation, called the European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI), Cameron led the service operation (Head of Services, 1994-1998). He then served as Joint Head of Outstation (1998-2001) with Michael Ashburner and Associate Director (2001-2012) under Janet Thornton.
Cameron left EMBL-EBI in 2012, moving to the University of Queensland for a year and a half, to develop a proposal for EBI-like services in Australia.
He retired in 2014 and moved to Scotland.
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