Michael Joseph Crumpton CBE, BSc PhD FRS (b.7 June 1929) was Director of Research (Laboratories) for the Imperial Cancer Research Fund Laboratories based in London (now part of Cancer Research UK).
He is the son of Charles and Edith Crumpton. He was educated at Poole Grammar School in Poole, Dorset, England, and University College Southampton (now Southampton University) and obtained a BSc from the University of London (the awarding body at the time). He then worked at the Lister Institute of Preventive Medicine, obtaining a PhD, also from London University.
From 1953-55 he did National Service with the Royal Army Medical Corps.
From 1955-60 he was a member of the scientific staff of the Microbiological Research Establishment, now part of the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (or 'dstl' for short) based at Porton Down, near Salisbury, Wiltshire, and usually simply referred to as 'Porton Down'. From 1960-66 he was a Research Fellow in the Immunology Department of St Mary's Hospital Medical School then part of London University, now part of Imperial College.
He then joined the scientific staff at the National Institute for Medical Research based in Mill Hill, London, becoming Head of the Biochemistry Division from 1976–79 and the Cell Board from 1979-83. (The Institute is planned to move to the new Francis Crick Institute in Camden, London, near St Pancras Station in 2015).
He became a non-executive Director of Imperial Cancer Research Technology Ltd, part of the Imperial Cancer Research Fund from 1989–99 and was Chief Operating Officer from 1993–94.
He was a member and later chairman of the World Health Organisation’s steering committee for Polysaccharide encapsulated bacteria from 1984–91. He has also served on many other scientific and medical committees in England, Canada and the United States.
He gave the Bernal Lecture in 2004 entitled: "Are low-frequency environmental fields a health hazard?".
In 1960 he married, Janet Elizabeth Dean and they had one son and two daughters.
He was created FRS in 1979 and was awarded the CBE in 1991.