Professor Michael Fitzgerald was the first Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry in Ireland, specialising in Autism Spectrum Disorders. He trained at the Chicago Medical School, the Maudsley Hospital, London, Kings College Hospital London and the National Hospital for Nervous Diseases, London. He has a Doctorate in Autism. He has a large number of peer-reviewed publications and thirty books written, co-written or co-edited, including Japanese and Polish translations of some books. Professor Simon Baron-Cohen of the University of Cambridge described one of his books on Autism as “the best book I have read on Autism”. He also described him as an “exceptional scholar”. He has diagnosed just under 4,000 persons with Autism Spectrum Disorder since 1973. He has lectured extensively throughout the world including The Royal Society/British Academy, The British Library in London and also in New York, Buenos Aires, Tbilisi, Melbourne and many European countries as well as China, Malaysia and Hawaii.