Andrew Jeremy Wakefield (born 1957) is a discredited British former medical researcher and an anti-vaccine activist best known for being the one responsible for the MMR Vaccine controversy. He's a former gastroenterologist who has been struck off from the UK medical register after being exposed of unethical behaviour, misconduct and fraud. In 1998 he authored a fraudulent paper claiming that there was a link between vaccines and the appearance of autism and bowel disease.
After losing his job following an extensive investigation to his claims, Wakefield has continued to refer to himself as innocent and has tried to convince people that his claims regarding vaccines, bowel disease and autism (which were exposed as fraudulent and motivated by a bribe from Legal Aid Force thanks to Brian Deer) are completely factual while trying to get revenge on Brian Deer by suing him after the latter challenged him to do so. While the lawsuit was unsuccessful Wakefield has managed to convince many people in the US, Britain and Ireland that his fraudulent claims are factual and continues to push them as such despite no longer having a medical license. He currently lives in Austin, Texas with his wife and children. Wakefield is also the director of the film Vaxxed: From Cover-Up to Catastrophe which has been widely considered anti-vaccine propaganda.