John Maddox Prize: Scientist who once claimed Prince Charles tried to silence him wins

Edzard Ernst says he was forced to retire Rex Features
Professor Edzard Ernst, who researches the effectiveness of complementary medicine, shares prize with Susan Jebb


A scientist who once claimed that Prince Charles tried to silence him because of his outspoken views on the uselessness of complementary medicine has been awarded the John Maddox Prize for “standing up for science” in the face of attacks on his integrity.

Professor Edzard Ernst was investigated by his own university after a complaint from the former secretary of Prince Charles, Sir Michael Peat, who suggested that the academic may have broken a confidentiality agreement concerning a report on complementary medicine personally commissioned by the Prince of Wales.

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